Winner Take All
A film by Don Colacino
Five times in U.S. history the person named president was not the candidate chosen by the majority of voters. Each time that happened, there were accusations of fraud, interference, or a system rigged against the people. At the root of the discrepancy is the electoral college, an institution formed by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a compromise between popular election of the President, and appointment by Congress. The electoral system is one of the least understood processes in U.S. government, yet it lies at the heart of our representative democracy.
Ted Trimpa, Principal and CEO of Trimpa Group LLC, a national political consulting firm that specializes in progressive public policy and political strategy. A lawyer and lobbyist, Trimpa has been involved in National Popular Vote efforts since 2006.
Robert M. Hardaway, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm college of Law. Author of fourteen published books on law and public policy – including two on the topics of Federalism and the electoral college. Member of the Federalist Society and a strong supporter of the electoral college.
Wayne W. Williams, Colorado Secretary of State, 2015 to 2019. Drove changes to state election processes including a law requiring electors to vote for the winner of the state’s popular vote, and performing a risk-limiting audit of ballots in every election.
Winner Take All explains how the electoral college came into existence; how it allows discrepancies in election outcomes; and the struggle to make election outcomes better represent the will of the people.
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Winner Take All Documentary LLC