Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

St. Martin’s. Mar. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250221971. $27.99. POL SCI
Wegman (member, New York Times editorial board) explores arguments for abolishing the Electoral College, therefore enabling the election of the U.S. president by popular vote. The author opens with the origins of the Electoral College at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, describing its shortcomings and role in subsequent contested elections as well as previous attempts to abolish it. Wegman particularly focuses on the role of slavery and voter disenfranchisement. The second half of the book focuses on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, in which each state’s electors vote for the candidate who receives a majority of the popular vote. The exploration closes with assessments from campaign experts as to the differences in the political landscape without the Electoral College. Written primarily for advocates of Electoral College abolition, this book aims to provide readers with arguments to persuade others, and addresses common misconceptions about the Electoral College and National Popular Vote Interstate Compact in a Q&A format.
VERDICT A methodical, well-reasoned compilation of arguments on a pertinent subject; recommended for readers interested in historical and contemporary U.S. politics.
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