On November 7, 2000, American voters went to the polls to choose their next president. Al Gore, the nominee of the Democratic Party, received 543,895 more votes than his Republican Party challenger, George W. Bush. As history records, however, Bush became president, not Gore. In his lecture, Professor Tucker will explain exactly how this came to pass. More specifically, Professor Tucker will describe the unique rules the United States uses to elect its President, focusing in particular on the role of that peculiarly American institution, the Electoral College. By the end of the lecture, you will know why most of the advertising dollars spent on the 2012 presidential election will be in no more than a dozen states (and why that does not include the largest states in the country!), why Mitt Romney desperately needs to get more votes than Barack Obama in the state of Ohio, and how you can be elected president even if the other candidate gets more votes than you do.
6:00 p.m. Introduction Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, New York University Florence
6:05 How Americans Elect Their President, or What Exactly is the Electoral College? Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, New York University