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It's time to make the popular vote great again.

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Would you believe that three-quarters of the citizens of the United States are politically irrelevant in general election campaigns for president? That's because of the wonky Electoral College system. Some states give all their votes to the winner in that state, no matter how close the election. Have you ever wondered why Iowa is so outsized and important to presidential elections? There's a movement afoot in the nation to ensure that the candidate who wins the popular vote among all 50 states and the District of Columbia actually wins—and without a constitutional amendment. Learn more about Making the National Popular Vote Happen at a meeting led by Bunnie Keen of National Popular Vote Inc. South Davis Metro Fire, 255 S. 100 West, Bountiful, Saturday, Aug. 5, 10-11 a.m., free,

Is it hard living in a world that tells you to conserve, then wants to tax you for it? That's what's happening to the solar industry in Utah, where Rocky Mountain Power flexes its muscle to make you pay. If you think you've paid enough just for the solar panels themselves, you'll want to attend this meeting at which RMP will try to explain why it wants to raise your rates. No, it has nothing to do with the environment, although RMP is investing in its own solar technology. It has to do with competition and tamping down the enthusiasm for solar over coal because coal is where their profits are. Heber M. Wells Building, 160 E. 300 South, Room 403, 801-530-6767, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m., free,

If you think the Trump era is divisive and controversial, you probably didn't live through the Vietnam War. Don't go to the next march or protest without seeing the screening of the epic PBS documentary The Vietnam War. "Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam," PBS' description reads. Attendees can hear the iconic music of the era and participate in a panel discussion with Vietnam veterans. Salt Lake County Library's Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, 801-948-7858, Thursday, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m., free, RSVP to by Aug. 7,

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

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