CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Tuesday, January
Why Does the Electoral College Matter? (Discussion via Zoom): We'll consider the rationale behind this 18th century institution. Alexander Hamilton argued that the Electoral College would reduce the "tumult and disorder" of a presidential election. Critics of the electoral college point to its racist origins: by following the political calculations of the 3/5ths clause, the Electoral College (like the House of Representatives) favored slave-holding states. The job of the Electoral College is to select the President and Vice President after the people of each state have voted. When the national vote and the electoral vote reach different conclusions, as happened in 2016, voters on the losing side cry foul. Why do we have an electoral college in the first place? . 7 p.m. After 20 years teaching constitutional law and political theory at Marlboro College, presenter Meg Mott has taken her love of argument to the general public. Since the 2016 election, Meg's been traveling the Northeast presenting on the Constitution. This is the first of three presentations on our constitutional democracy offered by Vermont Humanities. Free. Zoom. Information: Advance registration required: www.vermonthumanities.org/event/civics-electoral-college/.