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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 24. Is the Electoral College Undemocratic?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43584


In this chapter, Sheahan Virgin uses a simple math game to illustrate for readers how, mechanically, the U.S. Electoral College can sometimes produce a questionably democratic result: the so-called “wrong winner,” i.e., a president-elect who wins an electoral vote majority but loses the aggregate, national popular vote.

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  • Sheahan Virgin ( - svirgin) 'Grinnell College '