Is the Electoral College Good for America?

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Join Professor George Edwards for an analysis of the consequences of the Electoral College for democracy.

George Edwards, Texas A&M University

The Electoral College is a unique means of electing a chief executive, but is it a good one? Is it consistent with democracy? Leading expert George Edwards analyzes the consequences of the Electoral College for democracy and explains why it allows the candidate who loses the popular vote to win the election. Then he explores possible justifications for this violation of democratic principles. Does the Electoral College protect interests that require protection, preserve the party system, maintain national cohesion, or provide a foundation for federalism? Edwards answers these questions and offers an alternative means of selecting the president.