The Electoral College: A Step Toward Reform

George Wallace deserves a vote of thanks. His third-party candidacy came so close to denying Richard Nixon an Electoral College majority and throwing the 1968 election into the House of Representatives that the House last week took the first step toward reforming the archaic system that makes such a deadlock possible. It voted to abolish the Electoral College.

To accomplish this, the House gave its 339-to-70 approval to a constitutional amendment substituting direct popular election for the present system of choosing presidential electors. Under the House-approved plan, citizens would vote directly for the President and Vice President as they do...

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