This week, We the People explores the history and purpose of the Electoral College.Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution establishes the process of presidential selection. States are directed to “appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors” who then cast ballots for President and Vice President.
In 2016, for the second time in 16 years and for only the fifth time in U.S. history, a presidential candidate won a majority of the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. This has led to calls to reform or abolish the system.
Joining We the People to present the best arguments for and against the Electoral College are two leading historians and political scientists.Alex Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.James Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and a member of the Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board.
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