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American Public Square at Jewell Cocktails and Politics: Electoral College
Join American Public Square at Jewell for Cocktails and Politics as we host a public conversation on the Electoral College, the process by which the United States has elected its Presidents and Vice Presidents for some 230 years. While facilitating the election of 45 Presidents, the Electoral College has been the subject of intense criticism and reform, but it has survived – at least until now. Before turning to audience questions, our distinguished guest Thomas Neale from the Library of Congress will provide us with his understanding of the Founding Fathers’ original intent and the problematic elections and changes that have been made over the years. As we face one of the most contested Presidential elections in history, he will point to the strengths and criticisms of the electoral system that remain and lead us in a discussion of recent calls for reform, including the call for a national popular vote.

Oct 27, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Bryan Le Beau - Moderator
Bryan Le Beau, who holds a Ph.D. from New York University, has retired as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from the University of Saint Mary, and is currently an adjunct professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Georgetown University. He has authored several books on various topics in American history, been a speaker on programs such as CSPAN-TV, and for seven years hosted a national public radio program called “Talking History.”
Thomas H. Neale
Specialist in American National Government @Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress (CRS)
Thomas H. Neale is a native of Auburn, New York. He attended the public schools of Solvay, New York, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He pursued additional studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, and the Université de Dijon, Dijon, France. Mr. Neale holds the position of Specialist in American National Government at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress (CRS). CRS provides non-partisan information services, research, and policy analysis for the Members and committees of Congress. Mr. Neale’s research and analysis portfolio includes American constitutional theory and history; American political history; U.S. elections, with concentration on the presidency and the Electoral College; and presidential and vice presidential qualifications for office, terms, tenure, succession, and disability.