Amel Ahmed

Amel Ahmed is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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In Defense of the Electoral College

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AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File Nevada's six Democratic presidential electors sign their formal ballots for the Electoral College in the old Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Carson City, Nevada. E lectors cast their ballots for Donald Trump this week, but that has not ended calls to revamp or replace the Electoral College. While the disconnect between the electoral and popular votes may be cause for alarm, however, abolishing the Electoral College poses even greater dangers, particularly for liberals. True, the system is imperfect, as evidenced by the mismatch between Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win and Trump’s Electoral College victory—the second such split in 16 years. And yes, in its current incarnation the system tends to favor Republicans. But even when the Electoral College malfunctions, as it did this year, it also protects liberals in often unseen ways. Indeed, the Electoral College is one of the greatest guarantees our system delivers to ensure that minority interests...