My friends,

It is 3:00 AM on November 4th, the morning after Election Day. The Associated Press has called 238 electors for former Vice President Joseph Biden, and 213 for President Donald Trump. Neither candidate has collected the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election. Despite this, President Trump has just declared victory.

In a speech rife with lies and baseless implications this morning, President Trump sought to paint a picture of an election being stolen from him. Declaring victory in states yet to be called, President Trump worked to sow confusion and undermine the results. When discussing states…

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In a 9–0 ruling this week, the Supreme Court decided that it is constitutional for states to penalize members of the Electoral College who break their pledges to support a candidate. This is the latest in a long line of constitutional amendments and interpretations that have served to alter and neuter the College, practically since its inception. It is a decision that again illustrates the redundancy of our current system of electing the president, and provides yet another reason to abolish the Electoral College outright in favor of a national popular vote.

The History of the Electoral College

To understand the case for replacing the Electoral…

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On April 8th of this year, Vice President Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States of America. Biden was not my first choice for the nomination. Biden was not my second choice for the nomination. Biden was not my third choice for the nomination, and the list goes on. However, following Senator Bernie Sanders’s suspension of his campaign, Biden is now my choice for president. This is a considerable shift in support, given the jarring differences between the two candidates.

Sanders ignited in me a passion for politics and social justice. Sanders’s work and…

Liam J. Holden

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