Political hypochondriacs again are urging Americans to
fear and be offended by the system of choosing presidents by electoral
Criticism of this system recurs whenever a close contest poses the possibility that a candidate might win an electoral vote victory while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent. It is said, with more passion than precision, that this happened three times — 1824, 1876, 1888.
Even if that is true, it means that in 50 of 53 elections since 1789 —...Full Story