History Matters: Inside the US Electoral College System

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This year’s US presidential election is set to be as rancorous as the last. Remember the post-election acrimony in 2016 about Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, but Donald Trump winning the Electoral College vote? So, how do Americans elect their president? How was the Electoral College System invented and why is it still used? Is there any way to reform it?

Stephen Marantelli is a Melbourne-based barrister, speaker and author. His historical book Three Brothers: When George Washington and Edmund Barton Sat Down To Dinner is a witty behind-the-scenes peek into the rough and tumble world of nation building as told by the first captains of the American and Australian Ships of State. Stephen has a passion for American history, in particular the history of the presidency.

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  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020 | 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM


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