The National Popular Vote Plan to Revamp the Electoral College
Pre-Conference Short Course #21


Philadelphia, August 30-September 3

Co-Sponsors: APSA Section on Representation and Electoral Systems & FairVote

Description: Leading presidential scholars and reformers review the modern case against the current Electoral College system, explain the recently unveiled National Popular Vote plan that is advancing in a number of states and explore the proposal's potential impact on presidential elections and electoral reform.

Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia – Conference Room (Two blocks north of City Hall and near APSA hotels)

Registration: No fee. Call or email to register. Space limited to first 80 to register.


George Edwards (Texas A&M University, Editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and author, “Why the Electoral College is Bad for America”)

Alexander Keyssar (Kennedy School of Government and author of “The Right to Vote”)

Rob Richie (Executive Director, FairVote)

Joseph Zimmeran (SUNY-Albany)

Arend Lijphart (UC-San Diego and former American Political Science Association President)

Alex Willingham (Professor of Political Science and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Williams College)

Jack Nagel (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)

Todd Donovan (Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University and co-author, “Reforming the Republic: Democratic Institutions for the New America”)

To register, contact:

Bill Shein, Director
Presidential Elections Reform Program
FairVote, 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 610, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 301.270.4616
Fax: 301.270.4133
E-mail: [email protected]

Sierra Club National Popular Vote Resolution
WHEREAS, the mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet through grassroots participation in politics and government; and

WHEREAS,  presidential candidates focus their efforts and resources only in battleground states.

WHEREAS, two-thirds of the states receive little to no attention in a competitive presidential election.

THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sierra Club supports National Popular Vote state legislation that will elect the President of the United States by popular vote.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Sierra Club supports election of the President of the United States by direct popular vote.