A story circulating online misleadingly claims Stacey Abrams “boasted that Democrats can ‘jerry-rig the system and go around the Constitution’ to win the 2020 election.” Her comments about moving to a national popular vote system were not about the 2020 election or securing a Democratic victory.
This week, a reader sent us a letter about the history of the Electoral College and the three-fifths compromise.
Q: Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College?
A: The framers of the Constitution didn’t trust direct democracy.
Q: Why are there only two major parties in the U.S.?
A: The winner-take-all system in the U.S. favors two stable parties.