The End of the Electoral College?
JBAER at politics.tamu.edu
Fri Oct 15 10:58:45 PDT 2004
Dennis Coyle wrote:
Errors in recording are compounded by errors or corruption in registration,
identification at the polls, reporting of results, etc. We thankfully have
an electoral system that is exceptionally honest and accurate overall -- at
least a few notches above Afghanistan -- but surely it is not perfect. We
hope that at least the defects are small enough and counterbalanced enough
not to determine outcomes. But in a close result, without the Electoral
College there would surely be litigation in 50 states, not one. This would
be enormously costly, time-consuming and corrosive, and I worry a bit about
the longterm effect in delegitimating the electoral process in the eyes of
an already cynical electorate.
That last phrase reminds me of Diamond's article (which didn't convince me,
either.) As I recall, one of his arguments was thast the EC promoted trust
and stability. Doesn't this amount to saying that corruption, etc. are
better hidden? Should the electoral process be legitimated when it is so
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