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The Electoral College in U.S. Presidential Elections: Logical Foundations, Mathematics and Politics

The Electoral College in U.S. Presidential Elections: Logical Foundations, Mathematics and Politics

This video was recorded at MIT World Host: Engineering Systems Division. To the expanding list of presidential election discontents add Alexander Belenky. Unlike other critics, though, Belenky is not driven by politics but by logic and math. His close analysis of the Constitution and such federal statutes as the Presidential Succession Act suggests that there may be no safeguard, in extreme cases, against a stalemate in a presidential election. Belenky sees ways to improve the current system. In a talk peppered with election history and rule-making, he settles on a key issue: the increasing difficulty (and possible danger) of relying on the Electoral College to determine the outcome of elections. Bush v. Gore and the 2000 election might seem a cakewalk compared to future crises. "How come... Show More

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