If a massive storm KO’s turnout in the Northeast…

by Walter Olson on October 27, 2012

…it’ll probably be the first time a lot of folks grasp one of the solid advantages of the Electoral College over a national popular vote system. (Background on the approaching Hurricane Sandy: “And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear.”)

More: Derek Muller reviews Tara Ross, “Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College” [Law and Liberty]

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1 John Fembup 10.27.12 at 6:33 am

I think you are correct about the solid advantages of the Electoral College over a national popular vote system.

However, I don’t agree that the impending storm will persuade naysayers that the electoral college has solid advantages. I think those naysayers will reject the very notion of connecting the storm with the Electoral College.

(And if there happen to be any naysayers who believe it’s a better idea to abandon representative government and instead subject each bit of legislation to a vote of the entire population – it won’t persuade them, either.)

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