Read this article from BBC News August 2020 US election 2020: is the electoral college?
Read this article from Washington Post July 2020 Supreme Court says a state may require presidential electors to support its popular-vote winner: The court announced its decision Monday
Read this article from PBS 11/6/16. Electoral College is ‘vestige’ of slavery, say some Constitutional scholars
Read this report by the PEW RESEARCH CENTER 3/13/20. A majority of Americans continue to favor replacing Electoral College with a nationwide popular vote
Watch: ONE OPTION: NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE – Explains the problem of “winner take all” state laws electoral college, the difficulties of changing the constitution, and shows one solution that circumvents the constitution. There are other videos on their website that discuss big states and small states to show that the current system is not protecting the interests of small states, and that larger states would not be controlling the elections.
After viewing the videos and reading the news articles, answer the following questions by using examples from each source. Remember to use complete sentences and proper grammar.
If the election relied solely on the popular vote, how might many Americans votes ‘not count’ toward the election outcome? Explain.
How do supporters of the National Popular Vote Act contradict the idea above?
are your conclusions about the Electoral College? Support your answer. Include sociological concepts and theories where possible.