FairVote Forum on the Electoral College

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

(Philadelphia, August 30-September 3)

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


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)


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


FairVote's “Presidential Election Inequality” report
Short articles and handouts on National Popular Vote
Book – “Every Vote Equal” (additional $20)


1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Introductions of Key Participants

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: The Case Against the Electoral College

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

- Alex Willingham (Professor of Political Science, Williams College)

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

- Moderator – FairVote’s Rob Richie

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm: The National Popular Vote Plan - How it Works, Current Status in the States, and Plans Looking Forward

- Rob Richie (FairVote)

- Joseph Zimmerman (SUNY-Albany)

- Bill Shein (FairVote)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Potential Impact of the National Popular Vote plan on Presidential Elections and Other Electoral Reforms

- Arend Lijphart, UC-San Diego and Former President of the American Political Science Association

- Alexander Keyssar (Kennedy School of Government, author of “The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in America”)

- Richard L. Engstrom,. Research Professor of Political Science and Endowed Professor of Africana Studies, University of New Orleans, Co-author of “Fair and Effective Representation”

- Todd Donovan, Western Washington University

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]