Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine
The Electoral College, is it working as intended—and by the way, what was intended?—
What issues have emerged over time, is Popular Election of the President a solution, and where does the National Popular Vote Compact fit in?
Saul Azunis, Saul Anuzis is principal and managing partner of Coast to Coast Strategies.
Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine.
Eileen Reavey, national grassroots director at National Popular Vote
To learn more about this topic:
“National Popular Vote: Bipartisan Reform to Presidential Elections,” Patrick Rosenstiel and Scott Drexel in RealClear Politics, January 2020.
“Want to Fix Presidential Elections? Here’s the Quickest Way,” Tim Foley, Politico, May, 2019
“Steve Vladeck: Is democracy rigged? The debate over Senate representation ignores a much more plausible reform,” NBC News, October, 2018
“Don’t Believe the Myths about the National Popular Vote”, Saul Anuzis, The Hill, May, 2018
“The Electoral College badly distorts the vote. And it’s going to get worse,” Katy Collin, Washington Post, November, 2016.
Prerecorded using Zoom technology.
The mostly volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
Martha Dickinson, Kirk Earl, Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn
About the host:
Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and leads the LWVME Advocacy Team. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League’s priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She remains on the board of MCCE and serves as Treasurer. She is active in the LWV-Downeast and hosts their monthly radio show, The Democracy Forum, on WERU FM Community Radio -which started out in 2004 as an recurring special, and became a regular monthly program in 2012. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as Senior Vice President at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 – 2000, and served on its Executive Board.