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Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Jack Nagel and Colorado NPV

  • Smiley Branch Library 4501 West 46th Avenue Denver, CO, 80212 United States (map)

Does either political party have an Electoral College advantage?
Join Dr. Jack Nagel and Colorado National Popular Vote to find out!

Colorado has recently joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, despite strong opposition by the Republican party. But does the current winner-take-all system of awarding Electoral College votes advantage one party over the other? Not according to Dr. Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nagel recently wrote "Over the past twelve elections, the underlying 'bias' of the Electoral College has been to Democrats just as often as to Republicans! Moreover, history gives no reason to expect even a short-term advantage for one party or the other. " Come join us for a fascinating Brown Bag Lunch discussion with Dr. Nagel about the National Popular Vote, and election reform in general. Please bring your own lunch. This event will be held in the basement meeting room of the Smiley Branch of the Denver Public Library.About Dr. Nagel:Jack Nagel is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. In his research and teaching, he has investigated alternatives to the single-winner plurality elections that dominate in the U.S. Jack is a longtime supporter of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He testified to the Pennsylvania legislature in 2007 as an advocate of the bill. He has spoken on the subject to community and civic groups in the Philadelphia area. Recently he has written blog posts for the pro-NPV group, Making Every Vote Count.Jack has provided invited testimony on electoral reforms to legislatures or courts in Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Minnesota; and he has written op eds on electoral matters for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a senior research advisor to the national reform group, FairVote, and assisted them in defending Ranked Choice Voting against legal challenges in Minnesota and Maine. In 2016-17, Jack served on a statewide committee re-assessing electoral reform issues for the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters; and he was a delegate representing the LWV Central Delaware County chapter at the 2017 LWVPA and 2018 LWVUS conventions. Jack received his B.A. with highest honors from Swarthmore College in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Yale University. At Penn, his leadership roles included Chair of the Political Science Department and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Since retiring in 2012, he served as president of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty in 2014-15, and later chaired the committee that set up a PASEF Speakers Bureau.