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Hear Panel Debate New Way To Elect President In Westport

Historian Mark Albertson will be among panelists debating the National Popular Vote Compact Thursday evening in Westport.
Historian Mark Albertson will be among panelists debating the National Popular Vote Compact Thursday evening in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Hear from an expert panel on: "The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President" Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Experts in academics and historians will look at the merits of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact at this forum the League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut is hosting.

The National Popular Vote Compact is an agreement between states to allocate all of their state’s electors to the Presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. 

The NPVC  been enacted in 11 states, and there are NPVC bills before the Connecticut legislature now.

Panel discussions will cover the recent accusations of voter fraud and "rigged" elections and ongoing debate between voter integrity and voter suppression.

Victoria Bassetti will be the event moderator. 

She is a fellow at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice and author of "Electoral Dysfunction." 

She worked on Capitol Hill for almost a decade, where she served as chief counsel to Sen.Dick Durbin as well as chief counsel and staff director of a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rick Hertzberg is a journalist who is best known as the principal political commentator for The New Yorker magazine.

He has also been a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and editor of The New Republic, and is the author of " ¡Obámanos! The Rise of a New Political Era and Politics: Observations & Arguments"

Luther Weeks is a retired software engineer and computer scientist. He was active for several years in voting integrity issues and citizen-lobbying the Connecticut Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. 

He has authored several books, teaches history as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College, and is an instructor at the Lifetime Learners Institute.

This is a nonpartisan event, free and open to the public. 

Click here or call the Playhouse to reserve a seat at  (203) 227-4177.

The Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, Westport.

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