Five Days Out: What If It’s a Tie? (2020 Edition)

My last post, which ventured electoral math, ended with a scenario that give us a plausible 269-269 electoral tie between President Trump and Joe Biden. You might have wondered: what would happen next? (You know, aside from all the rioting.) If both candidates are kept under the majority threshold of 270 electoral votes, Article II, Section 1 of the… Continue reading Five Days Out: What If It’s a Tie? (2020 Edition)

Evaluating the Electoral College

(Author's note: Originally a three-part series, "PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College" is now combined and streamlined below into one lengthy post. Wording has been changed. If you missed the original three parts, this post, though gargantuan, is the best version. Also, I have a pretty solid streak of posting on Monday mornings that I didn't want… Continue reading Evaluating the Electoral College

PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 3)

Part 1: An Overview of the Electoral College Part 2: The Case Against the Electoral College After reading Part 2, you'd be forgiven for wanting to abolish the undemocratic Electoral College. You might even be wondering what America's founding fathers were thinking when they created it. I'll get into their thought process and some of… Continue reading PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 3)

PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 2)

On Monday, Part 1 of this miniseries offered an overview of the Electoral College. Between the one-year anniversary of President Trump's electoral victory and Professor Lawrence Lessig's budding lawsuit against our method of choosing the president, it felt like a great time for PPFA to get into it. I finished Part 1 with a question:… Continue reading PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 2)

PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 1)

Harvard professor and former presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, about whom PPFA wrote a piece two years ago, has an idea. The Electoral College, he says, is outdated, undemocratic, and it needs changes. And he's preparing a lawsuit to make it happen. Is he right? Is this a noble quest? Should the Electoral College be replaced, or at… Continue reading PPFA Evaluates the Electoral College (Part 1)