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Durham County Library Presents Frank Hyman: “Let’s Tear Down the Worst Slavery-Era Monument: The Electoral College”

Program: Frank Hyman: “Let’s Tear Down the Worst Slavery-Era Monument: The Electoral College”
Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents Frank Hyman: “Let’s Tear Down the Worst Slavery-Era Monument: The Electoral College” on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. at Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Two out of the last three presidents lost the popular vote, but “won” the presidency because of the Electoral College. We’ll be living with their judges, budgets and executive orders for a long time. Most voters don’t realize that the Electoral College is a fossil from the days of slavery. Not just a fossil, but a slavery-era monument that we can tear down. Come hear how Frank Hyman thinks you can help change the system.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or sbonestell@dconc.gov

One Response to Durham County Library Presents Frank Hyman: “Let’s Tear Down the Worst Slavery-Era Monument: The Electoral College”

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    Susan Anthony January 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    A survey of North Carolina voters in 2008 showed 74% overall support for a national popular vote for President.

    The National Popular Vote bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by states changing their state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
    Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

    Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
    No more distorting, crude, and divisive and red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that don’t represent any minority party voters within each state.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes among all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    The bill was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    Since 2006, the bill has passed 35 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes.
    The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the way to guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country

    NationalPopularVote

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