Speakers Debate the National Popular Vote at Upcoming Program on Law and Government Event


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2012 – American University Washington College of Law will host “Is America Ready for a Popularly Elected President?,” a program featuring a panel of experts on the voting process, Electoral College, and proposed National Popular Vote, April 12 at noon.

The panel discussion hosted by the law school’s Program on Law and Government will pit advocates of the National Popular Vote movement against defenders of the current regime or supporters of other proposals.

The National Popular Vote campaign has reached the milestone of having half of the Electoral College votes pledged necessary to activate the interstate compact. The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States. It has been enacted by states possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate it.


  • Jamin Raskin, professor, American University Washington College of Law; Maryland State Senator
  • John Samples, director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute
  • John Koza, chairman, National Popular Vote Inc.; originator, National Popular Vote legislation
  • Tara Ross, author; former editor-in-chief, Texas Review of Law & Politics

More information or register for the event.

Media interested in attending should contact Megan Smith, (202) 274-42776.


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