THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE
Is it time to adopt a 21st century way to elect our presidents?
The March 13 Hot Topic will focus on the National Popular Vote interstate compact aimed at guaranteeing the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Speaker: Vikram David Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and one of the most eminent and frequently cited authorities in constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. Dr. Amar has produced several books and over 50 articles in leading law reviews. He writes columns on constitutional matters and legal education. Dr. Amar is a frequent commentator on local and national radio and TV and has penned op-ed pieces for major newspapers and magazines.
Moderator: Richard E. (Rick) Foglesong, an expert on Florida and U.S. politics and the George & Harriet Cornell Professor of Political Science at Rollins College. He teaches courses on American national politics, urban politics, and urban policy. He is also the political analyst for Orlando’s ABC-affiliate TV station, WFTV-Ch.9. Dr. Foglesong was the first recipient of Rollins’ Bornstein Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Amar and Foglesong will discuss the NPV bill, which has already been enacted by 12 juridictions with 172 electoral votes. Because of the state winner-take-all statutes, five of our 45 Presidents have come into office without having won the most popular votes nationwide.