TOPIC: Repairing Presidential Elections: Electoral College / National Popular Vote
In Presidential elections of 1824, 1876, 1888 and most recently in the 2000 and 2016 Presidential elections, the candidate earning the most votes lost due to the unique rules of the Electoral College. Generally, Americans are at a loss to reconcile the Electoral College with the concept of democracy wherein it is assumed the candidate earning the most votes should win the election. What is the basis of the Electoral College, how did it come into existence, is it just and consistent with the concept of democracy? Further, how does the Electoral College affect presidential campaigning and voter turnout? Does it treat all voters equally or are voters of certain states less significant than voters of other states?
How would the National Popular Vote system impact the Electoral College and our Presidential elections? Does democracy demand a change?
Mark Bohnhorst, A.B. University of Chicago; J.D. University of Minnesota, magna cum laude, is a retired attorney from Minneapolis. During his public law career of over 40 years, his practice frequently involved the law of federalism.
Mr. Bohnhorst was a law clerk for US District Judge Earl R. Larson. For 16 years, he served as a class action litigator and litigation coordinator for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in St. Paul. He received the first annual American Lawyer Magazine "Amy Award" (honorable mention) in the field of Civil Rights, the Mental Health of Minnesota Association Dwight V. Dixon Award, and the first annual Minnesota State Bar Association Bernard P. Becker Legal Services Staff Award (litigation director).