We are quickly approaching the November 3, 2020 general election, and questions are already swirling about whether there will be a clear winner come November 4.
After Hillary Clinton’s simultaneous popular vote win and electoral college loss in 2016, the NY Times began to criticize the 200+ year old method of electing the President. Their latest article on the topic [What if We Just Counted Up All the Votes for President and Saw Who Won? By Jesse Wegman, March 13, 2020] argues that a state-by-state winner-takes-all system allows the President to ignore voters in deep Blue states like California and New York.
On the right, former California state senator Ray Haynes argues that the electoral college hurts true conservatives, since Republicans have to try to appeal to more moderate voters in swing states.
Writing for Law & Liberty, Peter J. Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute argues that the alternative of a national popular vote would cause much greater problems. In defending the framer’s original concept, Wallison points out that the system guarantees legitimacy of the results, even when fraud occurs in one location, or when a third party candidate prevents anyone from achieving a majority of nationwide votes. As the prospect of delayed counts for mailed ballots looms, we should all hope for a clear-cut winner.
Wallison joined the show this Sunday for the full hour to discuss his recent writings on both the dangers of mail-in ballots and the raison d’etre behind the electoral college.
Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- The national popular vote: A threat to electoral stability - Law & Liberty, April 27, 2020
- Mail-in ballots: What could go wrong? | American Enterprise Institute - AEI by Peter Wallison, Aug. 25, 2020
- Why the Right Should Want a National Popular Vote by Ray Haynes, Sept. 3, 2020
- Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State by Peter Wallison
- Peter J. Wallison | American Enterprise Institute - AEI
- Opinion | Time to End the Electoral College - The New York Times, December 2016