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Time for the Electoral College to die: Can the popular-vote compact save America?

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20.03.2019

For many years, I was a relatively strong believer in the wisdom of the Electoral College as our method of choosing a president. Foolishly, I thought the intent of the Constitution's framers was a smart one -- specifically Alexander Hamilton’s express intent to build a procedural roadblock in the path of would-be villains and populists.

In fact, Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68 that the Electoral College was intended to obstruct presidential candidates with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity,” a pair of traits that ought to sound familiar to anyone who followed Donald Trump’s despotic rise to power.

Of course the Electoral College has never functioned as intened at any point in American history. It utterly failed to live up to this mandate in 2016, allowing Trump to ooze through the cracks despite his obvious treachery and criminality -- and despite the fact that he lost the national popular vote by nearly three million.

In the face of history and our founding documents, the Electoral College was yet again revealed to be nothing more than a pointless technicality -- a turnkey rather than a last line of defense against Trump and his “talents for low intrigue.” Consequently, I’ve changed my mind. It’s time for the Electoral College to die, and a growing list of states are busily plunging knives into its back.

The latest state to join the process of killing the Electoral College is Delaware, where the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact passed the state legislature and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

This legislation would create an ingenious end-around that does not require amending the U.S. Constitution. It would........

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