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Talk: The Murky Past and Contested Future of the Electoral College

4080 HSSB UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

This talk will examine the roots of the American system for electing its president and explore the possibility—as well as the feasibility—of changing the existing system. The origins of the Electoral College lay in a series of tumultuous conflicts at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. At stake was not only what the presidency should entail but how the new chief executive should be elected. Memories of George III's abuses of power haunted delegates. Fears of ...