Episode #23

The plot to bring democracy to America

How the National Popular Vote could end red states, blue states—and swing states
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Every four years, the same thing happens: Presidential candidates focus their campaigning time, energy, and money on winning key swing states such as Florida, Ohio and North Carolina—it's like the rest of the country doesn't matter.  

In this episode, we talk to Hendrik Hertzberg, a staff writer and political commentator at The New Yorker, and serves on the board of directors for FairVote. For Hertzberg, electoral reform is a bit of an obsession. He's followed the topic since 2000, when the idea was first proposed, but not yet developed.  It all seemed like a fantasy—how could we change the way we elect presidents without amending the Constitution?

In 2007,  a man named John Koza figured out how it could work—without going through the deadlock of Congress and the Senate—and launched an organization called the National Popular Vote, along with a book called Every Vote Equal.  Instead of reading the book to you, we give you the most understandable explanation available.    

Originally posted on May 20, 2014


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