Not Sure How to Explain the Electoral College to Your Kids?

The Electoral College is often misunderstood—and perhaps especially hard to explain to our children. We are pleased to announce the release of We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College, just in time for the 2016 election!

The book is sure to be used by a variety of ages, so it includes two different tools: One will help those who want harder material, but the other will help younger children who still need easier explanations.

First, several of the pages include a section called “Emma’s Corner.” This section is aimed at younger readers who might need concrete examples of some of the more nebulous concepts in this book. “Emma” is a real person—Tara’s daughter, who was entering fourth grade as this book was released. Emma helped generate all of the ideas for her “corner.” By contrast, some pages include “The Founders’ Corner.” This section is intended to help those who want a jumping-off point for more discussion or research. Older readers may also be interested to hear how the Founders expressed some of these ideas in their own words.

This book goes to press in the midst of an unusually contentious presidential primary season, so it is worth noting that the parties’ nomination processes are completely separate from the Electoral College and the general election in November. The party nomination processes are a creation of political parties and the states. The Electoral College has its roots in the Constitution. To the degree that our primary process is broken, perhaps we can learn from the Electoral College. Can our Founders’ principles be better reflected in the political primaries?

Defending the Electoral College Against Dangerous Attacks

We are pleased to announce the release of Enlightened Democracy (2nd edition). It’s been eight years since the first edition was released by World Ahead Publishing in 2004. Much has happened since then!

In 2006, a dangerous anti-Electoral College movement was formed. This group has been working to get a critical mass of states to approve its so-called National Popular Vote compact. NPV asks states to award their electors to the winner of the national popular vote—the current practice of states is to award these electors to the winner of the state popular vote. If enough states jump on board, the Electoral College would effectively be eliminated, without the bother of a constitutional amendment.

NPV has unfortunately gained traction, and it has been approved by several states. When NPV obtains the approval of states holding 270 electoral votes, it will implement its compact.

Given the existence and unfortunate successes of this movement, Tara thought it would be helpful to release a new edition of Enlightened Democracy. This 2nd edition is a revised and expanded version of the original, but it also adds three chapters specifically addressing the philosophical, logistical and legal problems with the NPV movement. The 2nd edition is finally hitting bookshelves next week! Get your copy here:

Please note that there are two separate Kindle versions of this book. The first edition Kindle is here. (It has been listed at a steep discount.) The second edition Kindle is HERE.