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Monday, October 18, 2004
An Electoral College Reform Near-Miss: 1969

The Boston Globe reminds us -- well, in my case, tells me for the first time -- that the Electoral College was nearly abolished in 1969. More importantly, it reminds us -- and this I did know -- that in 1968, in the wake of the civil rights movement, which was led by the national -- but not the Southern -- Democratic party, segregationist George Wallace won 5 states with 46 electoral votes. Over the next two decades, what had been the "solid [Democratic] South" became the almost-as-solid Republican South. Hey, where'd all those people go? (No, they're not politically extinct.) Just in case you're confused about American politics.

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