ONLINEThe Electoral College: Is Reform Needed?

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JCC Greater Boston has partnered with WGBH to bring you the latest in our Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations discussion series.

As we move past the contentious 2020 election, one particular question has surfaced once again this election cycle: Is the way we elect the president in this country still working? The Electoral College—our nation’s complicated method of electing presidents—has been under fire since its inception more than 200 years ago.

The system allows one candidate to win the popular vote but another to win the electoral vote and thus the presidency. Four candidates in U.S. history have won the popular vote, but not the presidency, as they did not secure enough votes in the Electoral College.

Join us for a closer look at the roles race, politics and geography have played in the electoral college and explore if reform is needed or not. Panelists representing varying perspectives on voting and the Electoral College include Amel Ahmed, associate professor of political science at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Erin Geiger Smith, journalist and author of the book “Thank You for Voting.” Jesse Wegman, a member of The New York Times editorial board, will moderate the discussion.

This discussion is open to the public and will be followed by a brief Q&A.

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