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Old 08-21-2019, 05:59 AM
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Default Re: The US Presidency - Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren backs plan to get rid of the Electoral College at CNN town hall - CNNPolitics
She also wants a Constitutional amendment to protect the right to vote of every American citizen.

Buttigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' | TheHill
Quote:
"Twice in my young lifetime I've seen the American people overruled by the Electoral College," Buttigieg said. "It's time for that to go because it's undemocratic."
He also wants statehood for DC and Puerto Rico.

Kamala Harris and Beto O'Rourke are willing to consider scrapping the EC.

Donald Trump denounced the Electoral College in 2012 - VICE - When he mistakenly thought that Mitt Romney had won the popular vote, he denounced the election as "a total sham and a travesty" and a "great and disgusting injustice", and he called for "revolution" against it.


Ending the EC would require a Constitutional amendment, and the US Constitution is very difficult to amend. One would need either of:
  1. 2/3 in both houses of Congress, then 3/4 in the states (how every one was adopted)
  2. A Constitutional Convention (the only one ever was for the creation of the Constitution)
But there is a workaround. If enough states agree, they will award their electoral votes to the popular-vote winner: National Popular Vote
Quote:
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ... It has been enacted into law in 16 jurisdictions with 196 electoral votes (CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NM, NY, OR, RI, VT, WA). ... The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 74 more electoral votes.
To date, it has had the most success in the reliably Democratic states. But those are not enough.
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