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The history, benefits and flaws of the electoral college




NPR Electoral College battleground map for July 17, 2016. The electoral college system was established in the Constitution in 1787.
NPR Electoral College battleground map for July 17, 2016. The electoral college system was established in the Constitution in 1787.
Alyson Hurt and Domenico Montanaro/NPR

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Donald Trump won the presidential election by clinching 290 electoral votes versus Hillary Clinton’s 228. But the popular votes tell a pretty different story. By the time the final tally comes in, Clinton could be ahead as many as 2 million votes over Trump.

The electoral college system was established in the Constitution in 1787, and has come under criticism for being antiquated.

Los Angeles Times’s reporter David G. Savage has written a piece on the history of the electoral college, and efforts over the years to reform the system.

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David Savage, reporter covering the Supreme Court for the Los Angeles Times, who recently published a piece on the electoral college



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