A "Totally Different Campaign" - The Way We Elect the President

Tue, Nov 13, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm


Want politics to work for you? Discover the roots of our political malaise in how we elect the president and whether we as a country, are ready for the alternative: a national popular vote. Is what President Donald Trump called "a totally different campaign" a viable and realistic solution to Americans' sense that government isn't representing them?

Find out at the Ford School of Public Policy on Tuesday, November 13. This will be an opportunity to think deeply about the existing system America uses to select the President, and about the viability and wisdom of alternative methods. Along with a keynote, the event will include three presentations:

--- A friendly debate between Michigan graduate students will consider whether Presidential selection reform is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and the will of the Founders.
--- A panel moderated by Prof. Edie Goldenberg (Ford School) will discuss the merits and drawbacks of the existing system with four Michigan thought leaders: Prof. Richard Friedman (Michigan Law), Prof. John Chamberlin (Ford School), Phil Power (founder of The Bridge) and MI Cong. Joe Schwarz.
--- A friendly debate between two nationally recognized leaders for and against Presidential selection reform. Tara Ross is the leading voice in America against reform, and Pat Rosensteil is a nationally recognized voice in American supporting reform.
Overall, the event is a unique opportunity to hear voices from across the aisle debate and discuss one of the most pressing issues facing America today. While ephemeral partisan fights often control the political airways, our event provides a chance to put those disagreements to the side and think deeply about how we can best organize our country to promote and protect democracy.

The Making Every Vote Count Foundation (MEVC) is a bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating all Americans about the merits of reforming the presidential selection system. By supporting the election of the president by national popular vote, we will encourage all major party nominees to campaign everywhere, increase voter turnout by tens of millions of voters and ensure equal and fair representation of citizens in presidential elections.


Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, 735 South State St, Ann Arbor