The Electoral CollegeAs members of the Electoral College met across the nation on December 13, 2004, an unknown elector from Minnesota earned a footnote in the history books by casting his/her vote, representing 492,000 voters, for vice-presidential candidate John Edwards in both president and vice president slots, omitting presidential candidate John Kerry altogether. Another Minnesota elector, who believed the Edwards vote must have been a mistake, said "I'm certainly glad the Electoral College isn't separated by one vote." If it had been, antiquated rules overseeing the Electoral College dictate that a tied Electoral College decision would be sent to congress, thereby subjecting that decision to the partisan environment of the legislature. Because of the way the Electoral College is set up, many voters go unrepresented or are ignored by candidates, especially in states where one candidate is supported by a strong majority of voters.
See our call for action on December 13, 2004.
Responses to Myths about National Popular Vote and the Electoral College
How the Electoral College works today
States that bind electors
Maine & Nebraska
Frequently asked questions
Concerns with the Electoral College
Most votes don't count
Little known facts
The case for reform
Leaders that support direct election of the president
Past attempts at reform
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