Penn State professor weighs in on Electoral College's future in U.S. election

Penn State professor weighs in on Electoral College's future in U.S. election

So it is perhaps not surprising that even an illustrious intellectual aghast at the prospect of Donald Trump assuming the presidency might talk himself into an ill-advised proposal.

This is the first time a Republican candidate for President has won the popular vote in MI since 1988 so it isthe first time Republican electors get to participate in the Electoral College in nearly 30 years.

We need to insist that our legislators, state and federal, draft an amendment to elect the president by popular vote.

Democrats, of late, have taken to citing Hillary Clinton's historically large popular vote victory in the presidential race over Donald Trump as evidence that the country is still fundamentally on their side. Benjamin Franklin must be turning in his grave. Hopefully, we'd then elect a president who reflects how the entire voting population feels, not just 25 percent.

Mr. Brantley's letter contains several truisms about the Electoral College but makes one big omission. The candidate with the most Electoral College votes wins the presidency.

Each candidate running for President in your state has his or her own group of electors.

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I believe that instead of condemning the Electoral College as an antiquated piece of baggage left over from a distant time past, we should embrace it.

The vote marked for the President and Vice-President candidate on the ballot is considered and counted as a vote for the electors of the party.

That Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by roughly 2 million votes clearly bothers Mr. Trump.

The New York Times notes Clinton's votes are now "five times Al Gore's lead over George W. Bush in 2000". Our Founding Fathers had great foresight when it came to the Electoral College.

Berkman did offer alternatives to the Electoral College as it stands, such as a proportional allocation.

"The idea behind the electoral college was one of filtering", Berkman said. Only 10 states and the District of Columbia (making up 165 electoral votes) have signed on. A separate effort is lobbying state legislatures to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, in which member states agree to commit all of their Electoral College votes to the victor of the popular vote nationwide.

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