Electoral College discussion at LWVGT meeting


    LWVGT Voter Education Program. The Electoral College: Shouldn’t the Presidential Candidate With The Most Votes Win?

    The Electoral College is an extraordinarily complex system for electing a President. Has it become a reckless gamble that U.S. voters make every four years?

    Panelists: Barbara Norrander, professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona and Constantin Querard, conservative political consultant based in Arizona;founder and President of Grassroots Partners, LLC and Grassroots Direct, LLC

    Location: Joel Valdez Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson; Lower level meeting room. Free parking.




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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 60 people at this discussion to hear from Prof. Norrander about history of the US Electoral College, being as the selection of the electors is up to each state. Arizona has 11 electors, which may change with 2020 Census. Mismatch of popular vote & Electoral College vote in 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016. Most American public opinion against continuation of Electoral College, with suggestions and proposals for reform. Then Mr. Querard spoke about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, now passed by 16 of 50 states, with 196 Electoral votes, but need 270 to win. Supposed to be guarantee that person w/ most popular votes will prevail in this system.Founding Fathers created Electoral College in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2, wanting state legislative control over federal elections. He spoke of power of swing states, with 68% of TV ads in 2016 going to 3 swing states, rarely mention of national debt as national issue. In PA in 2011, there were 44 Presidential visits as it was a swing state. Questions from audiencewere how will the Compact be enforced, would recent court decision affect faithless electors, would Compact increase or decrease election fraud, any popular vote amendment to US Constitution, who invented this Compact, can digital voting be hacked, could states revoke their admission to the Compact, negatives of this Compact, how close is AZ to adoting the Compact, would it bring people closer together, and any other countries with Electoral College system?

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