If you thought yesterday—ha, ha, she forgot about the Electoral College—no I didn’t.
The Electoral College was created, some say, because the Founding Fathers didn’t trust the Electorate and wanted an out for presidential elections with unsavory outcomes. I guess you can’t know the mind of someone deceased for 200 years. What the Electoral College does do is it provides some certainty, some data smoothing, some noise reduction. If you remember this past November, once again, Florida found itself doing a first round tally on votes for several days after the election. Fab. Well, thanks to the Electoral College, it really, really didn’t matter. (Of course, back in 2000 it mattered even with the Electoral College. Close is close.)
One editorial on the American view of the Electoral College. I’m a bit disappointed in folks who think it is great as long as it advantages their candidate and sucks when it works against their favorite. The structure of Government should rise above politics. Thus the Voting Rights Act. You can always politick things into your own way, but if that ignores the Will of the People, you have lost Democracy.
U.S. Const. art 2, § 1, cl. 2, 3 & 4: am 12.