The Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

Nov 18, 2016

Although rare, the winner of the Oval Office can lose the national popular vote, as we saw this year.  And that's caused many Americans to ask: Does my vote count?  The answer is complicated, and changing the system would be tough. Still, there's no shortage of ideas.  


  • Lara Brown -  Associate professor and director of the political management program at George Washington University. Her most  recent book is Jockeying For The American Presidency: the Political Opportunism of Aspirants. She also served in the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Christopher Pearson - Vermont senator-elect and former state representative. He's on the board of National Popular Vote, a movement promoting an interstate agreement among states to award all of their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
  • Andy Smith -  Associate professor of practice in political science at UNH, and director of the UNH Survey Center.