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Tea Party to Discuss the Electoral College

 


The Blair County Tea Party will present an educational meeting on the Electoral College led by President Rhonda Holland and Vice President Jason Gardner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona (112 S. 13th St).

The BCTP will show how the Electoral College paradoxically protects broad representation better than a popular election.

In the wake of Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 presidential election despite winning the popular vote, there have been more frequent calls to eliminate the Electoral College and have a direct popular election for president of the United States. Fifteen states have passed legislation to give their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular in what has been called a National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

A candidate has won the presidency despite not winning the popular vote five times in United States' history. As recently as the 2000 election, George W. Bush lost the popular vote but won five more electoral votes than Al Gore.

Holland will also give a presentation about spotting fake news. The topic of fake news has been at the center of American politics since the 2016 election with both sides of the political spectrum accusing the other of spreading misinformation to mislead the public.

Technology corporations have increased censorship in response to accusations that social media helped to disseminate Fake News. A 2017 Harvard-Harris poll found that 65 percent of Americans do not trust the media and 85 percent said it was hard to know which news to believe online.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in this topic or the Tea Party is encouraged to attend.

 

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