Election lawyer Benjamin L. Ginsberg on the 2020 election (Full Stream 12/14)

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    Benjamin L. Ginsberg practiced election law for 38 years and says there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Ginsberg, who helped lead the 2000 Florida GOP recount legal strategy and co-chaired the 2013-2014 bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, will give his recommendations for reform of laws to preserve democratic institutions including elections, presidential powers and pardons. Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa talks one-on-one with Ginsberg the day members of the electoral college formally cast their votes based on their states’ certified results. Join Washington Post Live on Monday, Dec. 14 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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    In This Story: Electoral College

    The United States Electoral College is the group of presidential electors required by the Constitution to form every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president. Each state appoints electors equal in number to its congressional delegation. Federal office holders cannot be electors.

    Of the current 538 electors, an absolute majority of 270 or more electoral votes is required to elect the president and vice president. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority there, a contingent election is held by the United States House of Representatives to elect the president, and by the United States Senate to elect the vice president.

    The appropriateness of the Electoral College system is a matter of ongoing debate. Supporters argue that it is a fundamental component of American federalism by preserving the Constitutional role of the states in presidential elections. Candidates must appeal to a broad and diverse set of states rather than focusing only on the few U.S. cities with the highest population densities.

    Critics argue that the Electoral College system is less democratic than a direct popular vote and that the College violates the democratic principle of “one person, one vote.” Thus, a president may be elected who did not win the national popular vote, as occurred in 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016.

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