SpringerBriefs in Law

Who Will Be the Next President?

A Guide to the U.S. Presidential Election System

Authors: Belenky, Alexander S.

  • Describes a new plan to improve the current election system under which every voter gains and no state loses its current Electoral College benefits, which has a chance to be introduced in the form of a constitutional amendment
  • Analyses what the Founding Fathers overlooked and describes a logical mistake that they made in the initial design of the presidential election system
  • Provides explanations of why the National Popular Vote plan may violate the Equal Protection Clause from the Fourteenth Amendment, and why the underlying claim of the plan is no more than wishful thinking of its originators and proponents
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This book addresses the peculiarities of the current presidential election system not yet addressed in other publications. It argues that any rules for electing a President that may have a chance to replace the current ones should provide an equal representation of states as equal members of the Union, and of the nation as a whole. This book analyzes the National Popular Vote plan and shows that this plan may violate the Supreme Court decisions on the equality of votes cast in statewide popular elections held to choose state electors. Thus, the National Popular Vote plan may violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The book proposes a new election system in which the will of the states and the will of the nation as a whole are determined by direct popular elections for President and Vice President in the 50 states and in D.C. This system a) would elect President a candidate who is the choice of both the nation as a whole and of the states as equal members of the Union, b) would let the current system elect a President only if no such candidate exists, and c) would encourage the candidates to campaign nationwide.

From the contents: The initial design of the Electoral College: basic ideas, logical mistakes, and overlooked problems.- The Electoral College today.- Curbing contingent elections.- Inconvenient facts about the Electoral College.- The Electoral College and campaign strategies.- The National Popular Vote plan: a brilliant idea or a dead-on-arrival delusion?.- Equalizing the will of the states and the will of the nation.- Conclusion.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Initial Design of the Electoral College: Basic Ideas, Logical Mistakes, and Overlooked Problems

    Belenky, Alexander

    Pages 1-17

  • The Electoral College Today

    Belenky, Alexander

    Pages 19-41

  • Curbing Contingent Elections

    Belenky, Alexander

    Pages 43-54

  • Inconvenient Facts About the Electoral College

    Belenky, Alexander

    Pages 55-64

  • The Electoral College and Campaign Strategies

    Belenky, Alexander

    Pages 65-80

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-32636-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Who Will Be the Next President?
Book Subtitle
A Guide to the U.S. Presidential Election System
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Law
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32636-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32636-3
Series ISSN
2192-855X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 137
Topics