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Let the people pick the president : the case for abolishing the Electoral College / Jesse Wegman.

Wegman, Jesse, (author.).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.

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Summary:

"A radical spirit of change has overtaken American politics, making once-unthinkable reforms-like abolishing the Electoral College-seem possible. Two of the last five elections were won by candidates who lost the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire electoral system into question. Political passions are already high, and they will reach a boiling point as we enter the 2020 race. The message from the American people is clear: we need major reform, and we need it now. In Let the People Pick the President, New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman makes a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College, and choosing presidents based on a national popular vote. He uncovers the Electoral College's controversial origins, profiles the many attempts to reform it over the years, and explains why it is now essential for us to remove this obsolete system and finally make every citizen's vote matter. Wegman addresses objections from both sides of the aisle and presents an airtight argument that moving toward a national popular vote would reduce voter apathy and political polarization, increase voter turnout, and restore belief in our democratic system. Abolishing the Electoral College is the keystone reform that must be accomplished to improve our politics; Wegman shows that this once-lofty goal can be achieved, and charts a path to accomplishing it" --Provided by publisher.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250221971
  • ISBN: 1250221978
  • Physical Description: viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : All Points Books, an Imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 266-286) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : a more perfect union -- Did the Founders fear democracy? -- The fraught origins of the Electoral College -- Did the Electoral College ever really work? -- The second founding -- One person, one vote -- Setting the record straight, part one : common Electoral College myths -- The national popular vote interstate compact -- Setting the record straight, part two : common popular vote myths -- Conclusion : imagining a more equal nation.
Summary, etc.:
"A radical spirit of change has overtaken American politics, making once-unthinkable reforms-like abolishing the Electoral College-seem possible. Two of the last five elections were won by candidates who lost the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire electoral system into question. Political passions are already high, and they will reach a boiling point as we enter the 2020 race. The message from the American people is clear: we need major reform, and we need it now. In Let the People Pick the President, New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman makes a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College, and choosing presidents based on a national popular vote. He uncovers the Electoral College's controversial origins, profiles the many attempts to reform it over the years, and explains why it is now essential for us to remove this obsolete system and finally make every citizen's vote matter. Wegman addresses objections from both sides of the aisle and presents an airtight argument that moving toward a national popular vote would reduce voter apathy and political polarization, increase voter turnout, and restore belief in our democratic system. Abolishing the Electoral College is the keystone reform that must be accomplished to improve our politics; Wegman shows that this once-lofty goal can be achieved, and charts a path to accomplishing it" --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Presidents > United States > Election.
Electoral college > United States.
Voting > United States.
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