Volume 100 - Issue 1 Georgetown Law Journal

Response: The Case for Reforming Presidential Elections by Subconstitutional Means: The Electoral College, the National Popular Vote Compact, and Congressional Power

It is particularly fitting that my exchange with Professor Norman Williams, concerning national popular election of Presidents, should take place in the 100th Anniversary Volume of The Georgetown Law Journal.  The Journal published its first pages precisely at a time when federal legislators across town on Capitol Hill—and reformers throughout the rest of the nation—were in the thick of a contentious national movement to bring about popular election of United States senators. And quite instructively, that movement (although it culminated in a formal constitutional amendment, introduced in Congress almost exactly a century ago, in 1912) was driven and accomplished largely at the subconstitutional level by creative and energetic people acting first in state, and only later in national, arenas.

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