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The Electoral College, Under Attack

scott s. Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 3:38 PM
I don't know where the "college" concept came from, but the bottom line is each state is allocated a certain number of presidential electors. The only real requirement is that the electors cannot be in federal government positions, they meet in their states on a date set by congress to vote. Th result of that vote is sent to congress. How they can vote for President and Vice President has changed by amendment. I think historically state legislatures appointed "canvassing boards" which held popular "canvass" for President and used that as a basis for appointing electors. Note that 1848 was the first election in which Congress mandated a single date for this canvass in all states. In that time elections were controlled by parties.
scott s. Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 3:41 PM
By and large Presidential candidates didn't campaign themselves. The electors campaigned as proxies but given the party control electors weren't particularly independent.

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...