Professor Emeritus Robert C. Smith: Electoral College Thoroughly Undemocratic

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
TEHRAN TIMES -- “The electoral college, which is partly rooted in slavery, is a thoroughly undemocratic institution and makes a mockery of democracy in America,” Robert C. Smith, a professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, tells the Tehran Times. Asked about some factors that call into question whether America is a democracy, the San Francisco State University professor notes that the election does not call into question democracy in America, “but the issues of voter suppression, Trump’s unwillingness to say he will accept the outcome of the election if he loses, his unwillingness to assure a peaceful transfer of power, the possibility the outcome will not be known on election night, the prospect of Supreme Court intervention all make this an unusual, controversial and messy election, but the American — such as it is — is not in question.”