Here’s a simple truth that many have found hard to accept: In the last U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by a total of 2,868,686 votes, yet Trump emerged victorious. Here’s another: In 2000, climate activist Al Gore defeated George W. Bush by 543,895 votes. Yet Bush won as well. What accounts for such bizarre reversals of the will of the people? The answer lies in a peculiar creation of the framers of the U.S. Constitution that we know today as the Electoral College.

Very few Americans actually know the origins of the Electoral College, largely because the…

Gary Kissick

U. of Maryland Professor Emeritus of English. Author of Outer Islands (winner Pacific Poetry Prize), Another Kissing Couple Has Exploded and Winter in Volcano.

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