December 7, 2023

This House Should Abolish the Electoral College

Pai debates the essence of the presidency, focusing on national unity, administration, and overcoming state biases, advocating for direct representation.

In November 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election despite losing the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes. The result spurred a national conversation about the Electoral College—a distinctively American mechanism for selecting a head of state and of government. While the system has roots in America's founding, many have called for a modern re-thinking and revision of what they see as an arcane, ineffective, and unjust electoral structure. Given both its storied constitutional history and evident shortcomings, should the United States abolish the Electoral College? Debating this issue are Aditya Pai '13, attorney at Rutan & Tucker, and Ilan Wurman '09, professor of law at Arizona State University and , both CMC and Rose Institute alumni. Event attendees will vote either in favor or against the resolution " This House should abolish the Electoral College" both before and after the debate.