September 7, 2020

Jesse Wegman and the Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

In 40% of presidential elections this century, the electoral college selected a candidate who lost the popular vote. This institution results in mostly white, rural voters having votes which count much, much more than voters of color in more populous locations. We’ve asked Jesse Wegman on this episode to discuss the electoral college and efforts to mitigate it. Jesse is a New York Times Editorial Board member and the author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College.


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Sources for audio clips

Al Gore Loses to Bush - Electoral College Vote (Election 2000) - CSPAN
A Divided Nation: As Trump Wins Electoral College, Clinton Wins Popular Vote - Democracy Now!
Andrew Yang on the Electoral College vs National Popular Vote
Elizabeth Warren: Get rid of the Electoral College - CNN
Clinton: It's time to abolish the Electoral College - CNN
Trump calls electoral college 'genius' after calling it a 'disaster' in 2012 - 60 Minutes
Clinton trolls Trump over 2016 popular vote - CNN
Racist origin of electoral college
Pro-Slavery Origins of the Electoral College - Outdated Democracy
EC Distances Candidates From Non-battleground state voters
Elizabeth Warren: Get rid of the Electoral College - CNN
Fighting EC Battleground States
Isn’t the Electoral College set up to protect smaller states? - Equal Citizens
Trump Attacks on New York Times
President Trump Attacks NY Times Op-Ed At Rally - CBS Los Angeles
national popular vote interstate compact
360° Perspective: National Popular Vote Update - KOAA 5
Faithless Electors Ruling
Political expert weighs in on 'faithless electors' ruling - WFMZ TV
Racial Effects of 2016 Election
Van Jones on a Trump win: This was a white lash - CNN
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Ask History: Ask History: Electoral College | History
Making Sense of the Electoral College: The Daily Show

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle