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The Electoral College: Why We Still Use It And How To End It

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The Electoral College: Why We Still Use It And How To End It

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The Electoral College: Why We Still Use It And How To End It

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President-elect Joe Biden had to win the popular vote and the Electoral College to beat President Donald Trump. Joe Raedle/Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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President-elect Joe Biden had to win the popular vote and the Electoral College to beat President Donald Trump.

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Democrats have won the most votes in seven of the last eight presidential elections. So why did a Democrat only become President in five of them?

You can blame (or thank) the Electoral College.

The Electoral College will meet next month to vote. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to win. But why do we even have a system where the victor could be someone who didn't win a majority of votes?

Over 60 percent of Americans want to change the way we elect our president, according to a recent Gallup poll.

But is that just a pipe dream? What about the way we elect our representatives in Congress?

Democratic Elector Nina Ahmad of Pennsylvania and authors Ned Foley and David Litt joined us to talk about it.

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