Curious about the Electoral College?

Posted by Nicholas Wyant, Head, Social Sciences

Curious about the Electoral College?

For the 4th time in U.S. History, the Electoral College selected a President that did not win the popular vote. Previous elections with this outcome include 1876, 1888, and 2000. The IU Libraries have a number of sources to help you make sense of why the Electoral College exists and why (or why not) it is a good idea. The National Archives also has a great guide discussing why the Electoral College exists and how it works.

Why the Electoral College is Bad for America by George C. Edwards, 2004

Electoral College and Presidential Elections by Alexandra Kura, 2001

The Choice of the People? Debating the Electoral College by Judith Best, 1996

Wrong Winner: the Coming Debacle in the Electoral College by David W. Abbott, 1991

A website that allows users to adjust the electoral college vote count, 270toWin

You can find a number of great historical news articles about the Electoral College from ProQuest Historical Newspapers