The Electoral College, a bulwark of federalism, is under attack. Straightforward abolition of the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment, which is most unlikely to be passed in the foreseeable future. But the Electoral College now faces a more serious, insidious threat from the so-called National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC,) which purports to operate through the Electoral College while effectively undermining it. Misunderstanding of the meaning of the constitutional provisions governing the Electoral College on the part of university professors does not help either.
What’s wrong with the Electoral College? Nothing. Why, then, is it under so much attack? One reason is a complete failure to understand the U.S. Constitution. I am quite used to explaining it to groups of students and members of the general public. But I now realize that there are even American university professors who are “constitutionally challenged.”
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