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Exploring the History of American Presidential Elections with Dr. Knoblauch

October 16, 2020
William Knoblauch

Dr. William Knoblauch, History Professor

Finlandia Fridays is back this week with a special election edition. Host Olivia Myers talks with Finlandia History Professor Dr. William Knoblauch about the history of American presidential elections. Listeners submitted questions for Knoblauch to answer including ‘how important is the electoral college?’, ‘what happens if there’s a tie?’, and what other election seasons this one can be compared to. 

“History is the act of asking why something happened and constructing an argument to answer that,” said Knoblauch. “It does help to be informed about the past to make accurate decisions about the present.”

As a reminder, the deadline to register online and by mail to vote in Michigan is Monday, Oct. 19. Voters can register to vote in-person up to and on election day. You can check your voter registration status and register to vote at rockthevote.org

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