Exploring the Electoral College
The Electoral College is an important institution that elects our President. In 2010 the New Mexico State House passed Memorial 056, which asks the Secretary of State to study and report on how the current Electoral College system and the national popular vote system compare. Absent from the memorial is public discussion and debate about the Electoral College and its effectiveness in modern society. Therefore, the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy (C-SVED) has taken this occasion to further explore the Electoral College and how it works by engaging the public in this important topic. This forum provides an opportunity for the public to voice its opinion on what policy issues should be presented to the state government.
The Citizen Panel will meet three times, once a month in August, September and October. The point of each meeting will be for panel members to learn about the Electoral College and to discuss the implications of the current system and alternative systems.
The first meeting was held in Albuquerque on August 31, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at UNM’s Continuing Education Conference Center. The Presentation can be downloaded using the following link: 1st Meeting Slides.
The next meeting will be held in Santa Fe on September 28, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Joseph Montoya Building, 1100 S. St. Francis Drive, in the bid room. The public is welcome!
For more information on the Citizen's Panel, visit: http://unmelectoralcollege.wordpress.com
For more information on the National Popular Vote Initiative, visit: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/
September 27, 2011
The purpose of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy (C-SVED) is to promote the non-partisan study and evaluation of how elections are conducted, the role of technology, the identification of best practices in election administration as well as the effects of various approaches to election administration and electoral rules upon the quality of representation within democracies.
It promotes the integration of insights from multiple disciplines, including political science, law, computer science, geography, public administration and accounting, to study the administration, security, and transparency of elections.
Its activities include the development of educational programs, providing expert advice to policy makers and public agencies, and the public dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge regarding the conduct of elections.
The Center’s research, education and advisory programs are international in nature focusing on projects in the United States, other developed democracies, and developing democracies where the successful and transparent conduct of elections is critical to the formation of democratic institutions.