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Your Call: The electoral college vs. the popular vote

Image of interactive map showing county election outcomes by data scientist and mathematician Kevin Wilson


On the November 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the electoral college.

Hillary Clinton now has 2.3 million more popular votes than Donald Trump. Yet Trump won more electoral college votes, effectively making him the next president elect. The electoral college undermines a fundamental principle of democracy: one person one vote. For example, a vote in Wyoming is three times more powerful than a vote in California. Is it time to get rid of the electoral college? What would it take? Join us live at 10am with me, Rose Aguilar and you.


Lawrence Lessig, professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress -- and a Plan to Stop It and One Way Forward: The Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic

Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Web Resources:

National Popular Vote bill

Equal Citizens

Kevin Hayes Wilson: Interactive Electoral System Map

Washington Post: The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.

Time: The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Atlantic: The Electoral College Wasn't Meant to Overturn Elections

Medium:Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

The New York Times: Donald Trump Lies About the Popular Vote

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.