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The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders' Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule

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Is the Electoral College anti-democratic?

Some would say yes. After all, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes has nevertheless lost the election at least three times, including 2016.

To some Americans, that’s a scandal. They believe the Electoral College is an intolerable flaw in the Constitution, a relic of a bygone era that ought to have been purged l
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2017 by Gateway Editions
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Bryan Fox
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it

There’s really no other way to view American exceptionalism than by accepting it as a religion, i.e., not empirical, nor borne of evidence, and only sustainable through a faith-based belief system. Tara Ross “has spent much of her legal career studying and defending the Electoral College” (as per the books’ dust jacket), and it’s safe to say if you’ve spent your entire career studying an institution, you’re going to support and defend it, even at the expense of logical arguments and in the face
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Dann
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Incredible relevant in the wake of the 2016 election, The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule is a must read that reveals the inner workings of the Electoral College and how it strengthens and preserves the American republic. Extremely well-written and engaging, author Tara Ross explains the often misunderstood American presidential election system and how its roots in federalist and republican principles serves to protect the people from a tyr ...more
Richard
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Tara Ross makes some reasonable points in favour of the American Electoral College. But they are not compelling. Her examination of the historical background and the reasons for including the electoral college by the founders of the constitution are fairly thorough but instead of strengthening her argument they expose the weakness of the system. The founding fathers themselves didn’t seem to be exactly clear about who would make proper electors—some evidently assumed they would be responsible in ...more
Michelle
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is a great example of selectively choosing data that reinforces a pre-existing belief (essentially what NOT to do if you're a legitimate research analyst). I am not a fan of the electoral college, and I read this book looking forward to learning more about the argument in favor of it. Unfortunately, what I found was a defense of an institution based on one-sided data and arguments that draw direct parallels between the original structure (when there were 13 colonies) and today's system ...more
Colette
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent look at the purpose, history, and function of the electoral college.

There are some major points of our presidential election system of which the vast majority of Americans are in total ignorance. For example, a vote for any presidential candidate on a ballot is actually not a direct vote for that person.

This is a must read for any American desiring to know how that particular aspect of our government is designed to work.

I believe it would be highly beneficial for all America
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Daniel Chase
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informatively Good

This book is very good both in the detail and supporting evidence to support arguments in it. Also despite being a book written over a political process, it has very little actual "politics" in it.
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Forton
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave me some insight into the Electoral College.
Melissa
This should be required reading for every high school student. Excellent resource to learn what the electoral college is and what it means for our country.
Jan Berry
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I understand the argument FOR the electoral college a little better. My next book will help me understand the argument for the National Popular vote and abolishing the Electoral College.
Randy Cochran
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great look at the institution of the electoral college, why it exists and how it works.
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