Many Democrats, including several presidential hopefuls, are advocating an end to the Electoral College, so why do we have it in the first place and what would happen if we ditched it for the national popular vote?
Pete Buttigieg is the latest Democrat urging the abolition of the Electoral College, telling a crowd at his campaign launch that the Electoral College has overturned the will of the people twice in his lifetime, referring to the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections.
Does the Electoral College overturn the will of the people or is it actually a better representation of the nation as a whole than the one man-one vote argument?
In this podcast, we cover that question with Trent England, director of Save Our States. England explains why we have the current system, why have states have diminished in importance compared to the time of the American founding, and why states vowing to allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote are really the ones disenfranchising their voters.