How the Electoral College is expected to vote for president in 2016 (with Trum states in Red, Clinton states in blue0.
How the Electoral College is expected to vote for president in 2016 (with Trump states in red, Clinton states in blue.

Hilary Clinton out-polled Donald Trump by more than 2 million votes in the Nov. 8 election, but Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote and so will be the nation’s next president. What is the Electoral College? Why is it in the Constitution? Is it still relevant today?

The Arizona Senior Academy will host a discussion focusing on our current political environment and how it relates to the views of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and others as expressed in the Constitution and The Federalist, a set of “papers” published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 by proponents of the Constitution.

The five-part series will begin, appropriately, on Monday (Dec. 19), the same day the Electoral College meets to make Trump’s victory official. Each talk will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Senior Academy’s Great Room.

The speaker and discussion leader is Jed Kee, who holds degrees in law and public administration from New York University and worked in all three levels of government before joining George Washington University in 1985, where he was a professor and dean before his retirement.

Kee’s Dec. 19 talk on the Electoral College will discuss questions such as: Why do we elect the President through an Electoral College? Isn’t this approach undemocratic? How does this approach relate to our “federal” system of government? Is there still value in the current way we elect the president? If not, how would we change it?

The remaining talks in the series will include: The Power of the Legislature (Jan. 18), The Power of the Presidency (Feb. 1), The Supreme Court (March date to be determined}, and Emerging Issues and Conclusion (April date to be determined).

Those interested in preparing in advance for the discussions should buy or download a copy of The Federalist. Professor Kee recommends the Gideon Edition, edited by Carey and McClellan and published by the Liberty Fund, for its interesting introduction.

Written by Jed Kee and Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteers

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Is the Electoral College Still Relevant Today?: December 2016
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