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Elections expert to take 'Another Look at the Electoral College'

A political science professor and elections expert will discuss the Electoral College during a presentation at 5 p.m. March 15 in Room 1415 of Centennial Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Barry Burden

Barry Burden, director of UW-Madison’s Elections Research Center, will discuss how the U.S. president is elected, examining the Electoral College designed by this country’s founders, how it represents voters, alternatives to it and prospects of reform.

“Since the Electoral College winner has not won the popular vote in two of the last five presidential elections, this event is a timely opportunity for audience members to better understand and analyze how we choose persons for the most powerful office in the country,” said Eric Kasper, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of political science and director of the political science department’s Center for Constitutional Studies.

Burden is the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics at UW-Madison. He is an author or editor of numerous publications on American politics, especially as they relate to elections, and his teaching focuses on elections and American politics. He is the author of "Personal Roots of Representation," co-editor with Charles Stewart of "The Measure of American Elections," co-author with David Kimball of "Why Americans Split Their Tickets" and editor of "Uncertainty in American Politics." Burden has published articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly and Election Law Journal.

Burden’s presentation is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, College of Arts and Sciences, political science department, and Center for Constitutional Studies.

For more information about Burden’s presentation, contact Eric Kasper, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of political science, at 715-836-4802 or