Five myths about the electoral college

Could Mitt Romney win the popular vote on Tuesday while President Obama captures a majority of the 538 electoral votes and a return trip to the White House?

Recent polling results have raised just that possibility, reminding Americans once again that they cast ballots, but they don’t elect presidents directly. That job falls to the electoral college, a system that requires candidates to win states, not just votes.

Let’s take a look at the main justifications for maintaining the electoral college and see how they stand up to scrutiny. [cont.]

George C. Edwards III, Oxford and Texas A&M (Washington Post)