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Imagine America Without The Electoral College Or Gerrymandering


Despite the ongoing campaign to undo the results of the presidential election, observers agree with elections officials: things went very smoothly in 2020. But that's just the voting and counting.

There are situations outside of the elections process that work against our professed belief in majority rule. Like the Electoral College, which can award the presidency to the loser of the popular vote. And gerrymandering, which can essentially pen people behind district boundaries in a way that gives an advantage to one political party that straight lines would not afford.

Oregonian Kristin Eberhard, from Sightline Institute, takes up these issues and more in Becoming a Democracy. We explore the possibilities in the author's visit to the JX.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.