The Electoral College: Is Reform Needed?

December 16, 2020, 7:30 pm, free online event

As we move past the contentious 2020 election, one particular question has surfaced once again this election cycle: Is the way we elect the President in this country still working? The electoral college – our nation’s complicated method of electing presidents -- has been under fire since its inception more than 200 years ago.

The system allows one candidate to win the popular vote but another to win the electoral vote and thus the Presidency. Four candidates in U.S. history have won the popular vote but not the Presidency as they did not secure enough votes in the Electoral College. Tonight, we look at the roles race, politics, and geography have played in the electoral college and explore if reform is needed or not.

Join our panelists, all representing varying perspectives on voting and the electoral college, for a lively discussion, followed by a brief Q & A.

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The Electoral College: Is Reform Needed?

Jesse Wegman

Jesse Wegman is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. His book "Let The People Pick The President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College" was published in March by St. Martin's Press.

Amel Ahmed

Professor Amel Ahmed is the Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her main area of specialization is democratic studies, with a special interest in elections and voting systems. She is author of “Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance".

Erin Geiger Smith

​Erin Geiger Smith is a freelance reporter for publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is the author of the book, “Thank you for Voting".  Previously, she worked at Reuters and Business Insider covering legal news. She graduated from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, The University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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