methods - one doesn't belong
18 November 2004 - Wired Magazine
inclusion of the Electoral College among descriptions
of a variety of voting methods (Instant Runoff, Approval, etc.)
is completely out of place - it's not a method of voting like the
others listed. Rather, it's a brilliant mechanism put in place by
the Founders to preserve federalism's balance of power between the
states. Without it, smaller states would be completely ignored by
candidates in favor of the mobs of votes in the most populous states.
The distribution of votes among the states prescribed in the Constitution
is what keeps the 15 largest cities in America from selecting a
president for the rest of the country.
Oh, and the winner-take-all system that's universally (and derogatorily) applied to the Electoral College? Not mandated in the Constitution - it specifically allows each state's legislature to determine for itself how to allocate its own electoral votes. Most states didn't allocate all of its electoral votes to a single candidate until the mid-1800s.