Politics was the topic of the March 2, 2021, League of Women Voters Topeka-Shawnee County Tuesday Topics presentation by Dr. Bob Beatty, Washburn University Political Science Chair. We’ve included the recorded presentation of the virtual meeting and provided highlights below. The library is a partner with the League of Women Voters in sharing nonpartisan civic information.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization, promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation in government, and takes action on selected governmental issues. The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
- No systemic fraud in the 2020 election.
- Seditionists stormed the Capitol on January 6, not other groups.
“Hey, You Scratched My Anchor” Metaphor in Politics
- Elections where the candidate with the most votes in the United States popular elections did not become President: 1824, 1876, 2000, 2016
- Strange to say “America chose this President” in those cases.
- 2000 election was close enough in the electoral college and in three states (Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona) for a concern to be that the election could be decided by the U.S. House.
History of the Electoral College
- The current idea of the Electoral College is linked back to the issue of slavery
- In 1787, the Electoral College allowed slaves to count at a 2/5 discount. The 3/5 Compromise is a despicable part of American History.
- In 1804 the 12th Amendment didn’t fix the Electoral College. The North kept it to avoid a civil war.
- Political parties formed to educate the voting population about the candidates.
Why Don’t We Scrap the Electoral College?
- Democrats won the poplar vote in 7 of the last 8 Presidential elections.
- When parties lose elections, it prompts them to examine why.
- Maine and Nebraska make money from campaigns, by designating electoral college by congressional districts.
Current Presidential Administration in 2021
- Return to normalcy, with a twist
- Updates from the Press Secretary
- Biden Cabinet picks are the most diverse in American History
- The first 100 days
- Back to School
- Stimulus Bill
Learn More About Kansas Politics
- Kansas Legislative Research Department
- Three-part article from the Kansas State Library
May ‘s Tuesday Topics