1888 Political Scientist: “The most complicated bit of governmental machinery which the modern world has to exhibit is that which is employed in the selection of the chief executive officer and his possible substitute for the United States”

John W. Burgess, writing in the 1888 Political Science Quarterly, recognized that the Electoral Count Act (adopted after the disputed 1876 election) provides unduly complex and contradictory set rules for choosing the president and gave too much power to the states.

So don’t say we aren’t on notice.

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