League of Women Voters to Explore Electoral College

 

Five out of the 45 presidents of the United States have come into office without winning the popular vote: John Quincy Adams in 1824; Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876; Benjamin Harrison in 1888; George W. Bush in 2000; and, of course, Donald Trump in 2016. 

In a 1970 study the League of Women Voters of the United States supported the direct election of the president by popular vote as essential to a representative government. The League argues that the Electoral College prevents the direct election of the president by popular vote and is, therefore, contrary to modern principles of representative government. 

The League testified and lobbied for legislation to amend the Constitution to replace the Electoral College with direct popular election of the president. The measure passed the House and nearly passed the Senate in 1971.

A distinguished panel of speakers will present the history and evolution of the Electoral College at a panel discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Alameda. The program will take place at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the Mastick Senior Center, located at 1155 Santa Clara Ave.