The Electoral College and the Constitution: The Case for Preserving Federalism

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Sturm College of Law


Electoral college, Constitution, Federalism


One need look no further than the current senatorial election crisis in Minnesota to understand the importance of the Electoral College in the Founding Fathers' constitutional framework for conducting presidential elections, particularly in elections in which the popular vote is close.

Had Republicans in the 1950s been successful in their attempts to undermine American federalism by abolishing the Electoral College, the winner of such elections as the 1960 presidential election would almost certainly not be known even to this day.

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