Why Do We Still Use the Electoral College to Pick Our President?

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

 

Map of the United States' electoral college

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As required by the Constitution, the president of the United States is elected not by the national popular vote but by the vote of the Electoral College. In the Electoral College, each state receives as many votes as it has members of Congress. Because every state has two senators and is guaranteed at least one House member, votes of small states count more heavily than votes of large states. Has the Electoral College served the nation well? Or should it be abolished and replaced by a system in which every vote counts the same?

These and other questions about the Electoral College will be explored by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack Rakove of Stanford University at the Los Altos Library on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30pm.

Join Dr. Rakove as he offers an engaging overview of the arguments surrounding the Electoral College.

Tagged: Electoral College, Jack Rackove

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