Magazine October 1, 2018, Issue

The Almost Excellent Electoral College

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election, won by Barack Obama, in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol, January 8, 2009. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
It narrows the Left–Right divide

The two most recent Republican presidents attained the office receiving fewer votes than their Democratic rival. While neither Democrat won a majority of the popular vote, thanks to the presence of third-party candidates, the disconnect between the popular and the Electoral College votes constitutes a political problem with constitutional implications. The United States is a republic, not a democracy, and it has never anchored the legitimacy of its regime on a principle of one person, one vote. That is a fact, however much those on the left wish it were otherwise.

Nonetheless, in a broadly democratic culture, especially one that

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In Defense of the Constitutional Order

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