New Debate Over Electoral College Requires Understanding its History

By: Fred Lucas Author, "Tainted by Suspicion"
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WASHINGTON - Jan. 12, 2019 - PRLog -- A new Congress is taking a look at an old controversy—the Electoral College.

Celebrity freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently called the Electoral College a "shadow of slavery's power on America."

Veteran Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee went a step further by introducing a constitutional amendment to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote. Cohen noted, "In two presidential elections since 2000 ... the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College."

The controversy certainly predates 2000 or 2016—as explained in the book, "Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections" by Fred Lucas.

The Electoral College is essentially the star of the book, published by Stairway Press, which delves into every presidential election where a president won without the popular vote. Understanding the current debate takes understanding the history.

"Tainted by Suspicion" retells the story of the 1824 election when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote—but lost to John Quincy Adams when the election was decided by the House of Representatives. Barely a decade after the Civil War, the 1876 prolonged post-election fight between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden nearly hurled the nation into another war. It was more peaceful transition of power in 1888, when the Republican candidate lost the popular vote but ascended to the White House. This wouldn't happen again until 2000 and 2016.

For readers that enjoy a good historical What-If, "Tainted by Suspicion" includes interviews with leading historians and political insiders about how the nation and world would have looked different if any of these elections had gone the other way—which could have happened so easily.

Lucas, the author, is a veteran White House correspondent with The Daily Signal and a regular contributor to Fox News and other outlets.

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