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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Both mvy in my comments and Matt Yglesias at his blog have posts talking up the National Popular Vote movement. It's absolutely clear that the Electoral College needs to be abolished, and I think the NPV compact is a genuinely clever way of getting around the impossibility of ever amending the Constitution for this purpose—but I do have serious concerns about the compact's constitutionality, and whether or not it would actually be held up by the courts if challenged and/or reneged upon during a close vote.

It may still be the best fix available to us, but it's certainly not perfect, and carries with it serious potential for total electoral chaos.