Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., center, and Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, right, take cover as protesters disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021.
Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Weaknesses in the law governing how elections are run and votes counted in Congress led to the Jan. 6 insurrection. An election law scholar analyzes legislation just passed to fix those problems.
An Indiana Senate committee hearing on a GOP proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
Why do government policies sometimes fail to reflect the public will? The answer begins with the design of the US government system, forged in the 18th century.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is seen presiding over the counting of the votes on Jan. 6, 2021, during a hearing of the House January 6 committee in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 2022.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The attempt by Donald Trump’s supporters to reverse the 2020 presidential election results shows the need to update the nation’s landmark law for counting presidential votes.
Vice President Mike Pence reads the final electoral vote counts declaring Joe Biden the next U.S. president during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 7, 2021.
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Concerned about problems in counting Electoral College votes that determine the next president, lawmakers are considering changes to the Electoral Count Act. What is the act, and what’s wrong with it?
President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 14, 2021.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The debate about the U.S. Electoral College pits those who think the president should be chosen via popular vote versus those who believe the interests of small and large states must be balanced.
Statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall in New York City.
The term can be traced back to the Founding Fathers.
The process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes usually generates very little attention. Not so this year, with rebel Republicans planning to challenge the votes in several states.
Vice President Mike Pence says he ‘welcomes’ objections to Biden’s Electoral College win, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats reject any such effort.
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
The 1887 Electoral Count Act spells out the process for Congress to convene and review election results on Jan. 6, and it requires both the House and Senate to uphold any challenges to Biden’s win.
Until this year, people who wanted to live here had to win not just more votes than their opponents, but more state legislative districts too.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Since 1890, Mississippi has required candidates for statewide office to win not only more votes than opponents across the whole state, but also in every legislative district.
Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt signs an official tally of the Electoral College votes from the 2016 presidential election, in January 2017.
AP Photo/Zach Gibson
Five scholars explain different aspects of the history, workings and effects of the Electoral College.
Florida voters, like these on Nov. 3, have less influence over the Electoral College than their fellow voters in any other state.
AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
The Electoral College ignores a key democratic principle: one person, one vote.
file t syg.
The transition between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has formally begun, yet the outgoing president still refuses to concede. How far can he go and has such a situation been experienced in American history?
Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, left, and Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield are among those expected to visit the White House.
AP Photo/David Eggert
President Donald Trump may be trying to get state lawmakers to shift the outcome of the presidential election.
Wisconsin proved to be the ‘tipping point’ state in the US presidential election, which Joe Biden won by just 0.6% - despite being likely to win the popular vote by 4-5%.
Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
As Donald Trump continued to stoke his base with false allegations of a ‘rigged’ election, violence at the U.S. Capitol shows America has devolved into a fragile state.
Where were the best electoral maps to be found during the 2020 U.S. presidential election?
What did this year’s election maps rightly or wrongly tell us?
If the House of Representatives selects the president, each state would get a single vote – not one vote per House member.
Judges are generally reluctant to decide elections, as the Supreme Court controversially did in 2000. As a result, Trump’s flurry of litigation could wind up throwing the election to the House.
A transcript from the Constitutional Convention records the official report creating the Electoral College.
U.S. National Archives
Three approaches were debated during the Constitutional Convention – election by Congress, selection by state legislatures and a popular election, though that was restricted to white landowning men.
Watching the election results in Times Square.
The result of the 2020 US election remained unclear.
The polls and pundits say Joe Biden will win, but they’ve been wrong before. So what will be the early indicators of whether Donald Trump stays or goes?