Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Has the Electoral College Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Airs Sunday, July 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. Five American presidents assumed office without winning the popular vote. President Trump’s election in 2016 renewed debate about the Electoral College. Supporters argue the Founders wanted to safeguard against mob rule, and ensure voters in less populous states a voice in presidential elections. Opponents claim it was created to protect the institution of slavery, and now subverts the will of people, prioritizing voters in rural and swing states. As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the landmark “faithless elector” case, we ask: Has the Electoral College outlived its usefulness?