Who Will Be the Next President?

A Guide to the U.S. Presidential Election System

  • Alexander S.┬áBelenky

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Law book series (BRIEFSLAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alexander Belenky
    Pages 19-41
  3. Alexander Belenky
    Pages 43-54
  4. Alexander Belenky
    Pages 55-64
  5. Alexander Belenky
    Pages 65-80
  6. Alexander Belenky
    Pages 125-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-137

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the peculiarities of the current presidential election system not yet addressed in other publications. It argues that any rules for electing a President that may have a chance to replace the current ones should provide an equal representation of states as equal members of the Union, and of the nation as a whole. This book analyzes the National Popular Vote plan and shows that this plan may violate the Supreme Court decisions on the equality of votes cast in statewide popular elections held to choose state electors. Thus, the National Popular Vote plan may violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The book proposes a new election system in which the will of the states and the will of the nation as a whole are determined by direct popular elections for President and Vice President in the 50 states and in D.C. This system a) would elect President a candidate who is the choice of both the nation as a whole and of the states as equal members of the Union, b) would let the current system elect a President only if no such candidate exists, and c) would encourage the candidates to campaign nationwide.

Keywords

Electoral College Equal Protection Clause National Popular Vote Plan Presidential Elections United States

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander S.┬áBelenky
    • 1
  1. 1., Higher School of EconomicsNational Research UniversityMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32636-3
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-32635-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-32636-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-855X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8568
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