“Electoral College Symposium: What’s to be Done?”

I was very fortunate to be able to attend this symposium at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, where I presented the idea of a “Top 3” presidential election system based on Common Ground Democracy principles. I also spoke more broadly about the need to assure that the winner of a presidential election receives a majority, not merely a plurality, of votes–and cited examples of where the failure to have a majority-winner requirement caused a candidate to win who clearly did not have the support of a majority of voters. Other speakers focused on ideas for proportional allocation of electoral votes, among other possible reforms of the Electoral College system.

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