Take Two for October 4, 2012

Do we still need the Electoral College?

Joint Session Of Congress Tallies Electoral Votes

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U.S. Vice President and President of the Senate Dick Cheney (R) hands the Electoral College ballot certificate from Ohio to Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) during the counting of electoral votes the House Chamber in the U.S. Captiol January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Congress met in a joint session to tally the Electoral College votes and certify Barack Obama to be the winner of the 2008 presidential election.

Have you heard of a board game called "Consensus"?

The game came out in the 1960s and its goal was to teach people about the electoral college, the system we use to elect presidents.

This may not come as a big surprise, but the game never caught on. Like the electoral college itself, it's pretty dull and difficult to understand.

Dr. John Koza invented that board game, and he's been re-thinking the way we hold elections ever since.

He's now the chair of an organization called National Popular Vote, a group lobbying to scrap the electoral system.

We speak with him about the election, and why he thinks that ditching the electoral college is a good idea.


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