In light of the Election 2000 controversy, this important new book challenges us to evaluate the fairness of the present U.S. Electoral College system and to consider six legitimate alternatives to it. A team of 37 top U.S. political experts tackle the fundamental questions that go to the heart of the current debate: How would Electoral College reform affect our federal system of government, national government institutions, and party system? What effect would reform have on the conduct of campaign organizations during elections, media coverage of campaigns, citizen participation, and the distribution of power? On the basis of these deliberations each political expert indicates the extent to which he or she supports or opposes the Electoral College system and the various alternatives to it.
Discussion of the creation, evolution, and current workings of the Electoral College gives readers the relevant background to evaluate its effectiveness today.
Discussion of three reforms and three replacements of the Electoral College offers readers a solid account of current alternatives.
Opinions from thirty seven contributors indicate levels of support for and criticism of the various reforms proposed.