Democracy Forum 2/16/24: National Popular Vote: What do we need? How can we get it?

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine

The mostly volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Martha Dickinson, Michael Fisher, Claire Fox, Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Rick Lyles, Judith Lyles, Wendilee O’Brien, Lane Sturtevant, Leah Taylor, and Linda Washburn.

Democracy Forum: Participatory Democracy, encouraging citizens to take an active role in government and politics

This month:
We will talk about the history of the Electoral College and how it's working in the 21st century. What reforms are needed, and which are possible? What is the NPV compact, and how would it work? Is it right for Maine?

Mike Saxl, former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and Managing Principal of Maine Street Solutions, the leading proponent of the National Popular Vote in Maine
Kate Shaw, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, co-host of the Supreme Court podcast Strict Scrutiny

To learn more about this topic:

Our View: It’s time to pick the president by national popular vote | Portland Press Herald, Editorial, January, 2024
No thanks to national popular vote | Bangor Daily News, Matt Gagnon op-ed, January, 2024,
Arguments against national popular vote compact fall short | Bangor Daily News, Amy Fried op-ed, January, 2024,
Yarmouth representative pitches National Popular Vote plan | Spectrum News, January, 2024,
National Popular Vote | National Conference of State Legislatures, December, 2023, shows state-by-state passage,
Majority of Americans continue to favor moving away from Electoral College | Pew Research, September, 2023,
“A Mystifying and Distorting Factor”: The Electoral College and American Democracy | Michigan Law Review, Katharine Shaw, 2022,
The National Popular Vote, Explained | Brennan Center for Justice, December, 2020,
The Electoral College is flawed — so are the alternatives: Experts | ABC News, December, 2020,
Why We Need A National Popular Vote | Robert Reich,

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.