Presidential Lottery Author:James A. Michener On election day 1968 the United State once again played a reckless game with its destiny. The dangerous game we Americans play is this: — We preserve a system of electing a President which contains so many pitfalls that sooner or later it is bound to destroy us. This system places the legal responsibility for choosing a President in the hands of ... more »the Electoral College, whose members no one knows and who are not bound to vote the way their states vote. If the Electoral College does not produce a majority vote for some candidate, the election is thrown into the House of Representatives, where anything can happen. And it is quite possible that the man who wins the largest popular vote across the nation will not be chosen President.