More certain than the results of last night’s presidential election is the guarantee many partisans and armchair pundits will amp up calls to abolish the electoral college. According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 60% of Americans are in favor of ditching the complex system outlined in Article II of the U.S. Constitution, favoring instead a direct popular vote.
That conclusion is not surprising, at least on the surface. After all, in a democracy, shouldn’t the person with the most votes win the election? Suspicions about the fairness and legitimacy of elections are stirred up when popular votes and electoral votes produce different outcomes—think Gore v. Bush in 2000, Clinton v. Trump in 2016. Perhaps even this year’s contest between Biden and Trump. Continue reading