On the heels of a piece touting the superiority of the electoral college in the Fayetteville Observer, particularly for North Carolina, I also talked with Tyler Cralle about its importance in the interview below.
I still believe the main controversy surrounding the electoral college is the need to improve civic education and engagement. At least, it shouldn’t just be about meltdowns because our preferred candidate didn’t win the presidency. Unfortunately, the hyper-partisan culture now makes it difficult to speak objectively about the electoral college in the public square.
We are a republic and not a pure democracy, and we don’t merely elect a president of the popular vote but a president of the United States. The states matter in our republican form of government. All of them (and D.C.) deserve to have their voice heard and the electoral college gives every one of them a chance to play a role in the election of our chief executive. Obviously, that would not be the case with a national popular vote determining the outcome.
That being said, my main point through all of this is that North Carolina should be a strong champion and advocate for the electoral college. It sounds like U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) agrees. Budd recently penned a piece in the Daily Caller titled “Congress Has a Duty to Protect the Electoral College.” He says he will introduce a resolution to protect the electoral college.
Again, listen below as I talk with Tyler Cralle about why the electoral college is so important for North Carolina and our nation: