Who Will Be the Next President?: A Guide to the U.S. Presidential Election System

Who Will Be the Next President?: A Guide to the U.S. Presidential Election System

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If the title of this book has caught your eye, spend a couple of minutes to look at the following list of statements relevant to American presidential elections:

  1. The system for electing a President was not designed to reflect the popular will.
  2. The current election system does not follow some major ideas of the Founding Fathers.
  3. The application of some election rules can make the intervention of the Supreme Court in the election process almost inevitable.
  4. Amendment 12 of the Constitution contains at least seven puzzles relating to presidential elections, and the answers to these puzzles have remained unknown for more than 200 years.
  5. The text of Article 2 of the Constitution contains a statement that is mathematically incorrect.
  6. Skillful use of the election system may elect a President with less than 20 % of the popular support.
  7. Applying some election rules may cause a constitutional crisis in the country.
  8. Votes cast by voters in a presidential election in November of the election year are not votes for President or for Vice President.
  9. The “winner-take-all” method for awarding state electoral votes can be used to encourage presidential candidates to fight for each and every vote in a state and in D.C.
  10. Many statements about the Electoral College mechanism are no more than myths of their authors, no matter how plausible these myths may seem.
  11. A tie in the Electoral College may not necessarily be resolved in the House of Representatives in favor of a person who has support from majorities of at least 26 delegations there.
  12. There is no need to get rid of the Electoral College to make every vote cast valuable in deciding the election outcome.

If these statements bother or intrigue you, and you want the explanations, this book is written for you.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44696-7


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