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Five times in history, the candidate elected president of the United States was not the winner of the national popular vote. With two of those five elections in recent memory, and a demographic shift that will likely continue the trend, the electoral college is facing increasing criticism and calls for abolishment. One person one vote is a fundamental part of democracy, so how did such a simple concept become so complicated?
On the one year anniversary of the launch of Politics with Amy Walter from The Takeaway, the show takes a look back at the history of the electoral college. Amy moderates a debate for and against the institution, plus an exploration of the public’s shifting support for the electoral college.
Guests include The New York Times columnist and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie, Carrie Dann, political editor for NBC News, Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Allen Guelzo, Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College.