Electoral College: Safeguard or Anachronism? Week Two

Since 1789, five men have become president despite losing the popular vote: In 2016, Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes but won in the Electoral College, 304 to 227. So how did we get such an apparently undemocratic process, and why has it remained in place for so long?
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Electoral College: Safeguard or Anachronism? Week Two

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Apr 08, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7878875581

About the Event

What are the arguments for retaining the electoral college? For replacing it? What impact did it have in this fall’s election? In two class sessions, through lectures, questions, and short readings, we will first explore the intention of the Framers in 1787, the changes in the process over the years, and then review the arguments for and against retaining the Electoral College. We will

conclude by examining the Electoral College’s impact on our 59th presidential election on November 3 rd , 2020.  Philosophical and practical arguments for and against the Electoral College in the 21st century; federal republic v. national direct democracy; consideration of the likely impact of a national popular vote on the relative influence of various states and regions.

Equity among all voters v. balance of power between large and small states.

Background on Teacher: After graduating from FA in 1961 and college in 1965, Susan Stitham taught English and coached basketball and softball at the Academy for two years. Leaving for graduate school in Alaska in 1967 where she intended to spend one year, Susan taught history, English, and government to students from 13 to 83 in Fairbanks before moving to southern Oregon in 2010, where she greatly enjoys exploring Shakespeare and American history with OLLI at Southern Oregon University students. Although she is now sadly “from Away,” she returns to Sebec Lake each summer to stay as long as she can.Susan Stitham will lead the discussion on the following topics: 

Class ONE - April 1st, 6pm-8pm: Introduction to Electoral College, U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 1 and

Federalist #68. Intentions and assumptions of the Framers. Amendment #12 (1804).

Elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016.

Class TWO - April 8th, 6pm-8pm: Philosophical and practical arguments for and against the Electoral College in the 21 st century; federal republic v. national direct democracy; consideration of the likely impact of a national popular vote on the relative influence of various states and regions.  Equity among all voters v. balance of power between large and small states. Review of political situation and impact of the Electoral College on the November 3 rd election.

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