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Michael Brody Comment Published in Law Journal

A comment written by Mason Law student Michael Brody was published recently in the Legislation & Policy Brief, an American University law journal, and subsequently cited in an article in PoliticsPA.com, a resource for observers of the Pennsylvania political scene. 

Brody's comment is entitled "Circumventing the Electoral College: Why the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Survives Constitutional Scrutiny Under the Compact Clause." 

Under the national popular vote plan, votes cast in large and small states would have equal weight, thereby eliminating the need to focus campaigns on the swing states and allowing presidential campaigns to truly reflect a national vote. 

"I think the Electoral College is one of the most misunderstood components of our national election system," says Brody. "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) would only complicate matters, but it might present the only realistic opportunity for this country to move to a direct national popular vote for president. I chose to focus my article on the legality of the NPVIC under the sparsely cited Compact Clause in Article 1 of the Constitution."

Brody is a 2013 JD candidate. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was awarded a BA in journalism.

Read Brody's comment