State Laws Bypassing the Electoral College

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Kermit Roosevelt
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania

Researches and teaches constitutional law, conflict of laws,

“The original point of the Electoral College was in part to prevent states from being tempted to expand their franchise, something that would have given them additional political voice if presidential elections had been conducted on the basis of the popular vote by, for example, including women. It currently has harmful effects, in that campaigns focus on a small number of swing states and ignore those that are reliably red or blue. The law in Illinois and other states is part of an attempt to move us to a true popular vote, which would be more democratic and produce better campaigns.”