Last week’s US presidential election once again revealed fractures in the democratic principles of the Electoral College. President-elect Joe Biden has consistently led in the counting of the popular vote in this election and has over five million more votes than President Donald Trump. However, the Electoral College renders the popular vote moot. Instead, winning state elections is the key to winning the White House. Doug Becker speaks with Jeremi Suri and Sanford Levinson about the Electoral College and whether it needs to be reformed.

Jeremi Suri is a Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin. He is an expert in American history and is the author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.

Sanford Levinson is a Professor of Government at the University of Texas. He is an expert in constitutional law and is the author of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It).



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