November 8, 2020

Ep. 16 We Flunked Out of Electoral College

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we were placed on academic probation because “We Flunked Out of Electoral College”. 

It’s a complex institution with rules and measures that don’t make much sense at all. Add in 50 states with 50 different ways of implementing standards and it’s no wonder we earned a failing grade.  Is this the best voting system America has to offer?

Listen in as we examine the who, the what and the why of the most convoluted and confusing method of voting that exists in the free world. Who came up with this mayhem and what were they thinking? Can we yell at them?

No matter what, we can safely say that our 9th  grade Civics class did us wrong in how the Electoral College was portrayed. They missed a few very important points--like how the system is rooted in racist origins. Oops?

Interestingly, the majority of Americans don’t even support the Electoral College and haven’t for numerous decades. So why does it still exist and what will it take to change it? Learn about this and more as we examine recent and not-so-recent American elections in which the Electoral College vote didn’t align with the popular vote. Do you know how many times this has happened? We do!

We also take a look at the use of polling in predicting political outcomes. How do they continue to get it so wrong year after year? Maybe we aren’t the only ones to earn a failing grade around here.

So put on your thinkin’ caps and grab a snack cause we’re nerdin’ out with all things Electoral College.

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