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Podcast playlist: The people who choose the president

Podcast: The people who choose the president

Three weeks ago the Supreme Court decided what had once seemed like an obscure corner of constitutional law, but which might have huge ramifications for this year's presidential election and beyond: The court ruled unanimously that states could punish or remove members of the Electoral College who refuse to vote for the candidate they were pledged to support.

The "faithless elector" decision is the topic of the latest installment of our podcast partnership with The Democracy Group, a podcast network at Penn State University, to share thought-provoking discussions about efforts to fix the American political system.

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A Constitutional Crisis Could be Coming: Why it could take until 2022 to resolve the 2020 election

Organizer: Reform Elections Now

While Joe Biden could win the popular vote, Republican legislators could approve electors for Donald Trump. If the election goes to the House of Representatives, Republicans are likely to win, because, while Democrats have a majority of the seats, each state gets one vote and Republicans currently control a majority of the states.

A disputed election and Constitutional crisis over the counting of mail-in votes would be a disaster for our country. The irony is that while the possibility of having such a crisis is real, there are simple solutions to avoid such a crisis. If we act now, we can get governments to take steps to ensure that mail-in votes are counted quickly and effectively, and the election is settled in 2020, not in 2022. Please join Reform Elections Now to discuss this threat to American Democracy and actions that can be taken now to resolve these problems before they occur.

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Location: Webinar

A Constitutional Crisis Could be Coming: Why it could take until 2022 to resolve the 2020 election

Organizer: Reform Elections Now

While Joe Biden could win the popular vote, Republican legislators could approve electors for Donald Trump. If the election goes to the House of Representatives, Republicans are likely to win, because, while Democrats have a majority of the seats, each state gets one vote and Republicans currently control a majority of the states.

A disputed election and Constitutional crisis over the counting of mail-in votes would be a disaster for our country. The irony is that while the possibility of having such a crisis is real, there are simple solutions to avoid such a crisis. If we act now, we can get governments to take steps to ensure that mail-in votes are counted quickly and effectively, and the election is settled in 2020, not in 2022. Please join Reform Elections Now to discuss this threat to American Democracy and actions that can be taken now to resolve these problems before they occur.

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Location: Webinar

Perspectives on the Electoral College: Is 2020 a Turning Point?

Organizer: R Street Institute

No matter how the popular vote for President comes out on November 3, 2020, Americans will select their President through the electoral college. With a recent Supreme Court case clarifying states ability to control electors and states representing more than 70 percent of the threshold having enacted legislation to join a National Popular Vote Compact, the status and importance of the electoral college is very much up for debate.

Will the aftermath of the 2020 election change these dynamics? Does the current electoral college system advantage one political party over the other? Is the electoral college a bulwark against fraud or not? Our panelists will weigh in on the likely impacts of the court case, the coming election and other dynamics in helping elucidate what the future holds for the electoral college.

Location: Webinar

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