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March 15 - The Electoral College: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

March 15 - The Electoral College: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

"...You win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category." Al Gore, 2004

We'll talk about the electoral college, its historical origins and the founders' intent, the practical implications for modern American politics, and proposals for reform, including the National Popular Vote (NPV). The Maine legislature is currently debating whether Maine should join the NPV compact.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

Special Guests:

Key Topics:

  • What was the founders' intent for the Electoral College?
  • How has the Electoral College functioned historically?
  • What demographic and political changes are altering the landscape in modern America?
  • What reform proposals are being considered for the Electoral College or in the states' selection of electors?
  • How would the National Popular Vote work? Why is it a good idea--or not--for Maine?
  • What can ordinary citizens do?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

February
THE FREE PRESS AND A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY

January
CYBER ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY: Social Media, Fake News, and Voter Responsibility

November
ELECTION 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

October
POLLITICAL POLLs: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?

September
ELECTIONS IN MAINE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

July
DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?

June
STATE PRE-EMPTION: Who's Got the Power?

May
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?

April
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?

March
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.