BostonTalks: The Electoral College

WED, JAN 13, 2021 (52:09)

Dig a little deeper into the Electoral College with GBH Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III.

Hear from Massachusetts elector Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and get a historical perspective of the Electoral College system and how it works from UMASS political science professor Amel Ahmed.


+ BIO: Mayor Nicole LaChapelle

Mayor Nicole LaChapelle is mayor of Easthampton, MA. She was one of Massachusetts’ 11 nominated electors in this year’s presidential election. As a municipal government representative from western Massachusetts, she felt she was the right person for the job, especially since 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States.

+ BIO: Amel Ahmed

Professor Amel Ahmed is the Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her main area of specialization is democratic studies, with a special interest in elections and voting systems. She is author of “Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance”.

+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

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