Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors, and Campaigns for Faithless Votes

by Robert M. Alexander


"A solid, well-composed work of research, an important, if not definitive, study of the subject. Recommended." — CHOICE

"Robert Alexander convincingly argues that presidential electors––long considered by many as inconsequential, if not benign––are a serious danger to the health of our representative democracy. In one of the first systematic studies of its kind, Alexander presents a theory of elector behavior that explains why electors will continue to plague the system unless we institute reform. This book is indispensible for a deeper understanding of the presidential electoral process.” — Gary E. Bugh, Texas A&M University

Presidential Electors and the Electoral College is an eye opener. Robert Alexander's exhaustive research has revealed some surprising results about the arcane, and some maintain, undemocratic Electoral College. The fact that many electors are lobbied to change their votes after the presidential election should serve as a warning that the Electoral College is a disaster waiting to happen––again.” – Michael Genovese, Loyola Marymount University

”Rob Alexander's Presidential Electors and the Electoral College is a valuable and much-needed examination of a long neglected constitutional challenge. His analytical research is a serious contribution to our understanding of the Electoral College and its problems." – Tom Cronin, Colorado College

“Dr. Alexander has brought this very important history to life in a way that can help all of us look more carefully into the future. With lots of current public debate about the future of the Electoral College, this book provides a comprehensive and much-needed examination of one of the challenges that we have faced since the founding of our nation." – Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State


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