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New York State Bar Journal

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Electoral College, election reform


In a few months we will witness the operation of the electoral college system of electing the President and Vice President of the United States. Due partly to the appearance of George C. Wallace's American Independent Party,' the 1968 election could be decided in the House of Representatives, where each state has one vote regardless of its population. The election seems certain to point up the perils in our present system. Although our system of electing the President is now under scrutiny by Congress, reform does not appear imminent. As in the case of presidential inability, a tragedy or near crisis may be required before Congress finally takes action on the subject. The purpose of this article is to discuss the principal defects and dangers of our system.

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