Thursday, March 14

Morning Meeting:

End the Electoral College: Elect the President by Direct Popular Vote

9:45 am Social Time
10:00 am Presentation
via Zoom*

On Thursday, March 14Rosemary Heilemann and Joyce Williams, co-founders of the Electoral College Committee, LWV Illinois will present End the Electoral College: Elect the President by Popular Vote.

During the League of Women Voters’ 2022 national convention, LWVUS board president Dr. Deborah Turner announced the League’s next “moonshot” goal: abolition of the Electoral College. As an organization whose mission is to empower voters and defend democracy, the LWV has long supported abolishing the Electoral College in favor of directly electing the President and Vice President of the United States.

This presentation will help develop a deeper understanding of how the Electoral College impacts presidential elections. Heilemann and  Williams will outline the LWV's position on ending the Electoral College, as well as why arguments supporting the Electoral College are based on myths rather than facts. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Rosemary Heilemann, a retired teacher, has been a member of LWV for 42 years, currently as a member of LWV Deerfield/Lincolnshire. Joyce Williams is a member of LWV Chicago and has had a long career in market research. In 2017, the two co-founded a League committee whose goal is to educate the public about why we should abolish the electoral college by an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This committee has given educational presentations since 2017 and includes members from numerous local Leagues around Illinois as well as guests from other states. As of the 2022 LWVUS Convention, this committee has been working closely with LWVUS.

*Zoom link will be sent to all LWVEdina members in advance of the event. If you are not a member of LWVE, fill out this form to receive the link.


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