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League of Women Voters October 12 Public Forum: Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College

The League's presentation will include a discussion of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

By - Oct 9th, 2019 06:50 am

Milwaukee — The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will present its position in favor of abolishing the Electoral College at a Public Issues Forum on Saturday, October 12, at 9:30 a.m. The League’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St., West Allis. The League of Women Voters, formed in 1920, is a nonpartisan grassroots organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and advocates for government policies that serve the public interest.

“The League of Women Voters began advocating for the abolishment of the Electoral College in 1970,” said Peggy Creer, President of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County. “We believe the election of the president and vice-president by direct popular vote is essential to our representative government.” Creer said this is a nonpartisan issue and the position is gaining support among voters.

The League’s presentation will include a discussion of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as one way to achieve the goal of direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College, which requires passage of a Constitutional Amendment. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would establish the popular election of the president through a compact among the states governing how they would cast their votes in the Electoral College — with electors’ votes going to the winner of the national popular vote.

The presentation will be given by Erin McCarthy, who chairs the Representative Government committee of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County and also serves on the Board of Directors. McCarthy teaches social studies at Greendale Middle School and was named Wisconsin’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year.

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.  It influences public policy through education and advocacy, but does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.  The national League of Women Voters was formed in 1920 after the ratification of the 19th Amendment ensuring women the right to vote.  Its mission was to educate women on voting matters and to encourage them to exercise their newly won franchise.  While the League of Women Voters retains its name to honor its founders, today’s League includes men as members and its mission is to make democracy work for all.

For more information, visit: www.lwvmilwaukee.org

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