National Affairs: REFORMING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

A Close Election Gives Old Arguments New Force

"This was a good system in horse-and-buggy days," said Democratic Senate Whip Mike Mansfield last week, "but we ought to bring it up to date." Promptly the Wall Street Journal disputed him: "This system works remarkably well . . . Abolishing it would be one more blow at the federal structure, one more step toward centralization of power in the National Government." In the wake of the 20th century's closest election, politicos and pundits locked anew in an old debate: Should the electoral college be abolished, or reformed to enhance the power of the...

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