What the hell is Super Tuesday and where does it come from? Why does Iowa vote first? What’s a caucus? Who gets to be a delegate? How to Vote in America is a weekly micro podcast that tries to make sense of our crazy democracy and what seems like a never-ending 2020 election process. In this podcast, we take small bites at big issues to help you understand something most people should, but probably don’t: voting. Hosted by The Takeaway’s Politics Host Amy Walter.
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What’s the Deal with Delegates?
Today’s question: What’s the deal with delegates?
Tune in to this week's "How To Vote In America" episode for delegate math 101.
NOTE: Hey folks, we're taking a pause from this podcast to focus on our coronavirus coverage. We will continue the series as soon as we can and will let you know when we're coming back. Thanks for your patience and support!
Where Did the Primary Process Come From?
Elections are flawed. We’ve seen this time again throughout history.
There’s no such thing as a perfect democracy, but the founding fathers decided a system of government where voters elect officials to represent their interests was the best option. Preventing the unchecked powers of a tyrannical leader was the throughline that underscored their work.
And while 231 years of peacefully transitioning power from one president to the next is often used as a testament to their foresight, there are many facets of politics today that they couldn’t have predicted.
To be counted among the things they couldn’t have predicted is the formation of the two-party system that dominates American politics today. A winner-take-all system that encourages parties to ignore more than half the electorate.
Another thing they couldn’t have predicted is the way parties select candidates to face off in a general election. The primary process is not outlined in the U.S. Constitution and has gone through several iterations since the 18th century. So where exactly did this primary process come from?
Guest: Elaine Kamarck, author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates.
What the Hell Is Super Tuesday?
Come March 3rd, more than 1,300 delegates will be up for grabs. The first episode of How to Vote in America with Amy Walter takes a look at the history of Super Tuesday and how the most influential day in the presidential primary process came to exist.
How to Vote In America: Trailer
A micro podcast that helps make sense of how elections work in our democracy.
Great show, please bring it back
This was a really helpful and informative show about the election process in America. It seems to have ended in early March right around the time the primaries heated up - I’m assuming it ended because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. I wish WNYC & Amy Walter would bring it back these last few weeks before the election-it would be great for first time voters.
In the meanwhile, I’m listening to Politics With Amy Walter episodes on the Takeaway. I love Amy’s smart, no-nonsense approach to the political scene.