By election day many of the crucial decisions that will lead to the White House have already been made with or without the participation of the voters.
Reporter Eleanor Clift examines the nuts and bolts of our presidential electoral system in a conversation with the Library Director Crosby Kemper III on Monday, September 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Among the world's democracies, U.S. presidential elections are unique, with contenders undertaking a grueling two-year journey that begins in Iowa and New Hampshire and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
While today's presidential campaigns are a marked departure from the process envisioned by America's founders, many of the basic structures of our original electoral system remain in place. Even as presidential campaigns have moved into the modern era with tools like Twitter and Facebook, candidates still must compete in an election governed by rules and mechanisms conceived in the late eighteenth century.
Clift is a political reporter, television pundit, and author. She is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, a regular panelist on TV's The McLaughlin Group, and is a political contributor for the Fox News Channel.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.