MOUNT VERNON — As the country delves into the 2020 presidential election, the spotlight often swings to the Electoral College and whether or not it should continue to play a role in the selection of the country’s highest office. Mount Vernon Nazarene University will explore the Electoral College’s history and relevance as it celebrates Constitution Day with Dr. Christopher Devine and “The Electoral College: How Did We Get Here, and What Comes Next?” Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
“MVNU’s English and history department is pleased to host this event as part of our educational mission to cultivate civic awareness in our students and in the community,” said Dr. Dorothea Hawthorne, department chair.
Devine is a former assistant professor of political science at MVNU and currently serves as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton. He recently published the textbook, “Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice,” with Jacqueline R. Kanovitz and Jefferson L. Ingram. During his talk, Devine will provide context on the origins and purpose of the Electoral College and the prospects for reform. A question and answer session will follow.
“The Electoral College could determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections, as it did in 2016,” said Devine. “It could even determine who President Trump faces in that election, with some Democratic presidential candidates, such as Joe Biden, arguing that they have the best chance of winning in states like Ohio and Michigan. With just over a year to go until the next presidential election, it is essential for all voters to understand not only how the Electoral College works, but also why and how some people think we must reform or eliminate it.”