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The Electoral College, Under Attack

scott s. Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 3:29 PM
Appointment of electors by legislature fairly quickly went away, except in South Carolina, least democratic of all states. An exception was Colorado in 1876, when a deal was brokered by congressional republicans to admit Colorado as a state and in return the new state legislature would appoint electors (republican) under the excuse there wasn't time/money for a popular election. ISTM the real question is whether Electors should exercise individual judgement, or just be a rubber stamp for the popular vote.

As Tuesday’s election ticks ever nearer, my fervent wish is a solid electoral college win for Mitt Romney. Not to get greedy, but I’d like it in the bag before the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

I hope this is not asking too much. October’s poll swing and a broadening visceral sense tell me this election may not feature the nail-biting closeness we have been told to expect for months.

But if we are to be ensnared by a down-to-the-wire finish, get ready for the attendant micro-focus on the Electoral College, and the resulting debate over whether it should...