I started this blog back in 2008 to chronicle my experience as a presidential elector in December of that year. It faded after a while, and I’ve since been busy with other things.
Here we are eight years later. The Electoral College is back in the news. I’ve been itching to return to the conversation. Rather than waste any more time arguing on Facebook, let’s get some quality conversations going here.
We’ll start off with an article. The Washington Post has a look at how quirks of geography can affect the outcome in the Electoral College. If state lines were shifted such that just four counties were in neighboring states, Hillary Clinton probably would have won the election.
(I say probably because you can never say for sure how an election would have turned out under different rules, because the candidates would have run different campaigns. This is a point I always make when people say Al Gore would have won in 2000 if we went by the popular vote; we really can’t know for sure. Still, it’s an interesting thought experiment.)