League hosts forum on Electoral College's role in electing presidents

By KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE - editorial@kcchronicle.com Published: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 3:52 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The public is invited to hear a nationally recognized scholar of electoral politics, Matthew Streb, speak at a public forum about the Electoral College at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., Geneva.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County, the forum, “Is This Any Way to Elect a President: The Electoral College,” is intended to inform the public about how the Electoral College functions in the U.S., vice president and voter service chairwoman Patti Lackman said.

“It has to do with some of the concerns that voters have expressed about how democracy works in our country, and does your vote count,” Lackman said. “The question is, why would someone become president when they didn’t win the popular vote? And it brings up some questions as to whether election reform is needed.”

A professor at Northern Illinois University, Streb is the author of several books, including, “Rethinking American Electoral Democracy,” which analyzes components of the U.S. democratic system, challenging voters to rethink some of their assumptions.

Streb has advocated for a less burdensome system – with transparent, competitive elections – and the elimination of the Electoral College, the league stated in a news release.

The U.S. Constitution would have to be amended to eliminate the Electoral College, according to the release.