Jesse Wegman, Let the People Pick the President, Open Book/Open Mind, MPL Virtual

Jesse Wegman
Let the People Pick the President

in conversation with Jim Johnson
Sunday, June 7, 4pm


Join in NY Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman's live webcast talk about his new book, "Let the People Pick the President" with attorney, activist and former U.S. Treasury official Jim Johnson.

Join MPL's second session of Open Book / Open Mind ONLINE, a free live webcast version of its popular, long-running literary conversation series. Jesse Wegman will discuss his controversial new book, "Let the People Pick the President," with Jim Johnson, the activist, attorney and former U.S. Treasury official. Participate in a virtual Q&A session with Jesse. 

Open Book / Open Mind ONLINE will be hosted on the easy-to-download GoToWebinar platform (similar to Zoom but with additional features). Registration is required. Please register at

"Twice in the last five elections, the Electoral College has overridden the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire system into question—and creating a false picture of a country divided into bright red and blue blocks when in fact we are purple from coast to coast. Even when the popular-vote winner becomes president, tens of millions of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—find that their vote doesn’t matter. Under the statewide winner-take-all rule, a handful of battleground states decide who will become president for all of us. Jesse Wegman argues that as political passions reach a boiling point at the dawn of the 2020 race, the message from the American people is clear: the way we vote for the only official whose job it is to represent all Americans is neither fair nor just. Major reform is needed—now. Isn’t it time to let the people pick the President?"--Macmillan 

“An urgent call to action…A compelling case that we must act now. —LAURENCE H. TRIBE

JESSE WEGMAN  is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, editor and producer at outlets including NPR, The New York Observer, Reuters, The Daily Beast and Newsweek. He graduated from NYU School of Law in 2005.

JIM JOHNSON is an American politician, attorney, and community activist, who was formerly an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement. Jim was a Democratic Party candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race. He currently serves as Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.

Event date: 
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250221971
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 17th, 2020