Charlotte Talks: Breaking Down The Electoral College

May 20, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution spells out the procedure of electing a president through the Electoral College.
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Some states are rebelling against the Electoral College, and some 2020 Democratic candidates say it should be scrapped? A look at the pros and cons of this way of picking a president.

The Electoral College has long been controversial, but recent elections have amped up our conversations about its future. Two of the last three presidents owe their stay in the White House to that institution. 

Some of the candidates in this election cycle favor abolishing the Electoral College saying it would bring us closer to “one man, one vote.”  We look at the pros and cons of our current system this hour on Charlotte Talks.


George Edwards, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies Distinguished Fellow, University of Oxford, Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M