Created Equal Podcast 05. The Electoral College Compromise


The Electoral College was created in 1787 through something that made the founding fathers great — compromise. But in that compromise the founders failed to confront deep-seated inequalities in the nation, and created a government that still today reflects that injustice. Co-hosts Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber-Davis speak with University of Michigan constitutional law expert and professor Richard Primus about the genesis of the Electoral College, and why the system hasn’t worked well in a modern context.

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About the Author

Laura Weber-Davis

Producer, Detroit Today & Created Equal

Laura is thrilled to be working at Detroit’s legendary public radio station, WDET. Whatever she is doing at this very moment, she’d rather be listening to RadioLab.   Follow @laurawdet

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