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Popular vote debate to be held at Shepherd

November 29, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies will host a debate on the issue of the national popular vote for president and vice president on Monday at 7 p.m. in the center's auditorium at 213 N. King St. on the campus of Shepherd University.

The debate will feature Del. John Doyle of the West Virginia House of Delegates and Patrick Rosenstiel, senior consultant for the 501(c)4 National Popular Vote issue advocacy group.

The debate is free and open to the public.

During each presidential election the question always arises about whether the Electoral College has outlived its usefulness and that this Constitutional provision should be altered or abolished so that presidents can be elected by the direct popular vote of the people.

The National Popular Vote organization, founded in 2006, has proposed modifying the Electoral College to reflect the popular vote. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States. The bill preserves the Electoral College, while ensuring that every vote in every state will matter in every presidential election. The National Popular Vote law has been enacted by states possessing 132 electoral votes — 49 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate it.

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The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies is a private, nonpartisan, and nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding of the U. S. Congress, the Constitution, and the meaning of Representative Democracy.

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