Michael C. Maibach

Michael C. Maibach is Managing Director & member of the Board of Trustees of James Wilson Institute. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the James Wilson Institute.

Most Recent Articles by Michael C. Maibach:

“In Praise of the Electoral College”

Sep 24, 2016 — Michael C. Maibach

“America’s Constitutional system aims not merely for majority rule, but rule by certain kinds of majorities… All 537 of those elected to national offices—the President, Vice President, 100 Senators, and 435 Representatives—are chosen by majorities that reflect the Nation’s federal nature.” George F. Will 2004

“To the people belongs the right of electing their Chief Magistrate; it was never designed that their choice should in any case be defeated, either by the intervention of Electoral College or by… the House of Representatives.”—President Andrew Jackson, December 8, 1829, first Annual Message to Congress.

Americans elect a President through the state-by-state mechanism of the Electoral College, rather than direct nationwide popular vote. Today, all but two states award all of their electoral votes to the statewide winner. Ever since Andrew Jackson was denied the Presidency by the US House in 1824, some have called for its abolition. It is timely to consider the value of this vital and controversial institution devised by our Founders in 1787 in the world’s oldest Constitution.