Center director to defend electoral college at Lafayette College debate
A debate on whether Americans should abolish the Electoral College and elect presidents by popular vote will be held at Lafayette College at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 between Gary L. Gregg, director of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and Burdett A. “Bird” Loomis, a professor of political science at the University of Kansas.
Gregg has written in defense of the Electoral College, while Loomis has advocated direct election of the president. According to a Lafayette College press release, this year’s tight presidential race could produce a replay of the 2000 race in which Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the electoral-college vote.
The event is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a nonpartisan educational organization based in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College.