Ever since Americans reluctantly agreed to the “bundle of compromises” that would become our Constitution, there have been debates about abolishing the electoral college and instituting a national popular vote to elect the President of the United States. Many of the loudest proponents in recent years have been on the left: when Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election while losing the popular vote by almost three million Americans, many Democrats started to feel more strongly about their philosophical issues with the electoral college.
But there is also a debate on the subject on the right. As demographics in cities and states shift, some conservatives argue that holding onto the electoral college may not favor the Republican Party in the long term. There are also questions about fairness, and the importance of amplifying voices outside of the nation’s major metropolitan areas. Finally, at its core, this is a debate about how we prioritize those principles that are essential to our founding vision, such as federalism and democracy.
Watch this lively debate, moderated by Broad + Liberty’s own Todd Shepherd, featuring conservative cases for and against the electoral college. Advocating in favor of the electoral college is Sean Parnell, Senior Legislative Director of Save Our States. Advocating for a national popular vote is Patrick Rosenstiel, Senior Consultant to National Popular Vote.
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