Thankful for the Electoral College?

Alex Crain
Alex Crain
2012 6 Nov

I've heard my share of grumbling about the way our electoral system works in the U.S. Maybe you have too, lately.

Sure, it can seem confusing, clumsy, and antiquated. But it's interesting to consider why Kevin DeYoung made it #3 in his list of "Five Things Worth Celebrating on Election Day (Plus One More)"

I’m thankful for the Electoral College. You may not agree, especially if you live in Texas or California or Alabama or Vermont. There’s no “Christian position” on the Electoral College. But I’m grateful that our presidents have to go to every little hamlet in Ohio and Iowa. I’m glad that the election does not come down to voter turnout in the same megacities every four years. I’m glad that because of our confusing process, the most powerful man in the world has to make inroads with people from all over the country. He can’t simply be a regional candidate who promises the Northeast lots of goodies at the expense of the South. He can’t win the White House by racking up 80% of the vote in a handful of states. The President has to be attuned to the needs and desires of the most politically diverse places, not the most politically homogenous. This seems like a good thing to me.

Check out the whole thing here.