Are there any congressional hearings about reforming the Electoral College?

Congressional hearings are meetings before a chamber or committee, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation; investigate, evaluate, or oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law; or simply to explore testimony and data about topics of current interest. Reform or replacement of the Electoral College was a popular topic in Congress through the 1980s. Although there have been some recent legislative proposals to change the Electoral College, as of October 2020, none of them have received much consideration beyond referral to committee.

Researchers interested in congressional hearings on the Electoral College may be interested in the following hearings from the past 50 years:

Proposals for Electoral College Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
Call Number: KF27 .J8565 1997g
Published/Created: 1997
Description: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, on H.J. Res. 28 and H.J. Res. 43, September 4, 1997 (available at HathiTrust External).

The Electoral College and Direct Election of the President, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF26 .J8359
Published/Created: 1992
Description: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, on S.J. Res. 297, S.J. Res. 302, and S.J. Res 312, measures proposing amendments to the Constitution relating to the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States, July 22, 1992 (available at HathiTrust External).

The Electoral College and Direct Election, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF26 .J8 1977b
Published/Created: 1977
Description: Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 95th Congress, First Session, on The Electoral College and Direct Election of the President and Vice President (S.J. Res. 1, 8, and 18), January 27, February 1, 2, 7, and 10, 1977 (available at HathiTrust External). With supplement (available at HathiTrust External).

Electoral Reform, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF26 .J836 1973
Published/Created: 1973
Description: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Third Congress, First Session, on S.J. Res. 1, proposing an amendment to the constitution to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States (available at HathiTrust External).

Electoral College Reform, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF26 .J8 1970b
Published/Created: 1970
Description: Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-First Congress, Second Session, on Amending the Constitution Relating to Electoral College Reform, April 15, 16, and 17, 1970 (available at HathiTrust External).

For help finding additional hearings and other legislative history materials, researchers can use the Law Library's research guide, Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Beginner’s Guide.


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