The Effects on Our Democracy of Using the Electoral College System to Select a President

The Effects on Our Democracy of Using the Electoral College System to Select a President


Pennswood Village, Community Building Game Room
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road
Newtown Pennsylvania 18940
Pennsylvania US
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:00am

In 1970, the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) undertook a nonpartisan study of the presidential electoral process. It culminated in LWVUS taking the position of supporting a direct election of the President by popular vote, citing that process as essential to representative government. LWVUS testified and lobbied for legislation to amend the Constitution to replace the Electoral College with direct election of the President, including provisions for a national runoff election in the event no candidates (President or Vice-President) received 40 percent of the vote. The measure, which passed the House and nearly passed the Senate in 1971, has been revived in each Congress without success. In 1997, in testimony before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution,  LWVUS again called for abolition of the Electoral College and for direct election of the President and Vice-President. This nonpartisan position has been reviewed and update three times in the past 50 years; in 1982, 2004 and 2010.

Most Americans have little understanding about the Electoral College and many myths have arisen on why it should be retained. In response, the LWV of Illinois developed a program and has made it widely available to othe Leagues.
Come out on February 24 and bring a guest to our League's presentation of this excellent program developed by the League of Women Voters of Ilinois, which brings clarity to this complicated subject.

"With this excellent presentation on the electoral college, the League of Women Voters are making a major contribution to improving democracy in America." George C. Edwards III, (University Distinguished Professor of Political Science Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies, Distinguished Fellow, University of Oxford Editor, Presidential Studies Quarterly Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University)

"The League of Women Voters is a critical organization for American democracy, and their electoral college proposal makes imminent sense. In years to come, the need to reform the archaic way we elect the president will only become more pronounced, and I hope the League's proposal gains widespread attention."Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago

(Should there by a delay in classes or cancellation of school by Central Bucks School District, the program will move to the snowdate of March 2)