What's Wrong with "Winner Takes All"? Another Look at the Electoral College


The state of the Electoral College is perhaps the most widely discussed systemic issue related to the presidential election. If the winner of the popular vote loses the general election, we are bound to hear that the result is illegitimate – even if the strategies pursued under an EC system are different than what would have resulted under a pure popular vote.

Ray Haynes is former member of the California state Senate and Assembly and champion of a variation on the national popular vote – he joins me this Sunday to offer insights into the history of the initiative, its current status, and the widespread positive effects it would have on the American people.

Haynes notes that, β€œRepublicans spend all of their time attempting to persuade moderate voters in narrow regions of the battleground states to vote Republican. We get bad policy proposals from conservative candidates for president to win moderate voters in Cleveland and Miami to win Ohio and Florida.”

Last month, I hosted American Enterprise Institute fellow Peter J. Wallison in a lively conversation about the benefits of the Electoral College system. Tune in Sunday to hear Haynes’s alternative perspective, which would maintain the state-based Electoral College system, while still electing the winner of the popular vote.

Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."



Answering Myths: NationalPopularVote.org