Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Federalist Society: The Electoral College: Outdated relic or vital institution?

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT)
Bass Berry & Sims PLC.  150 3rd Avenue South
28th Floor,  Nashville, TN 37201, View Map
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Join the Nashville Federalist Society Chapter on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:00PM for a luncheon on the electoral college with lawyer and writer Tara Ross.

In the wake of the 2016 election, the Electoral College has again come under scrutiny. Why has the winner of the national popular vote been denied the White House twice in a 16-year period? Critics contend that the system is antiquated, an institution created to protect the institution of slavery.  Isn’t it time that we got rid of a system with such problematic roots? This session will explore the true history of the Electoral College.  What were the delegates to the Constitutional Convention trying to accomplish? Were they concerned about 18th-century travel and communication difficulties or did they have other considerations in mind? What other alternatives did they consider?  What (if anything) did they really say about the institution of slavery during their debates about presidential selection? Did the Founders expect electors to vote in accordance with the states’ popular votes? What surprising expectation did they have about the back-up presidential election procedure in the House of Representatives? Tara will address all these questions—and more.

The fee for the event is $15.00. You can pay online by credit card or bring cash or check (made out to The Federalist Society) to the event. If you would like to pay by check or cash, please send an email to grant@grantstarrett.com to RSVP. Lunch and refreshments are included. Paid parking is available in the building's lot for $8. CLE credit is available.

Space is limited so please RSVP by Monday, April 2.

Tara Ross is the author of The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Tara RossCountry from Mob Rule (2017), We Elect A President: The Story of our Electoral College (2016), and Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College (2d ed. 2012). She is also a co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State (2008) (with Joseph C. Smith, Jr.).
As a lawyer and writer, Tara focuses on the intersection among law, public policy, and constitutional history. She often appears as a guest on a variety of talk shows nationwide to discuss these matters and regularly addresses civic, university, and legal audiences. Her work has been published in several law reviews and newspapers, including the National Law Journal, USA Today, the American Enterprise Online, National Review Online, WeeklyStandard.com, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, The Washington Times, and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

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