Electoral College and History of Racism in US

As our revived national conversation on race has made clear, the legacies of slavery and white supremacy run wide and deep in American society and political life. One such legacy — which is particularly noteworthy in a presidential election season — has been the survival and preservation of the Electoral College, an institution that has been under fire for more than 200 years. Our complicated method of electing presidents has been the target of recurrent reform attempts since the early 19th century, and the politics of race and region have figured prominently in their defeat. Read more


  • Watch debate at R Street between National Popular Vote's Eileen Reavey and Patrick Rosenstiel and NPV's opponents Tara Ross and Trent England

  • Watch Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President

  • Watch Michael Steele, former Chair of the Republican National Committee

  • Watch Prof. George Edwards III, author of Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America

  • Watch Dr. John Hudak, author of Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants

  • National Popular Vote web site has 14 explanatory videos

  • Answers to 131 myths

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