Marion McKeone: Electoral college system is outdated and undemocratic

The January 6 Select Committee will not even contemplate the role the voting system played in facilitating the Capitol Hill assault on democracy

If the US president were elected by a simple majority vote, the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and allegations of fraud would have been smothered by the weight of Joe Biden’s victory at the polls over Donald Trump. Picture: Getty

On July 1 this year, the January 6 Select Committee met for the first time, amid much scepticism – media and political – that it would achieve anything other than more partisan finger-pointing.

Successive attempts to hold Donald Trump to account, including two impeachments, a two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, and myriad legal challenges in state and federal courts had failed to either rein in the former President or hold him accountable.

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