Elizabeth Warren says she will abolish Electoral College when Elected
When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 decided how to elect the United States president, they settled on a solution: “The College of Elections.
Under the College, a rotating class of “electors” is created equal to the total number of congressional representatives, with each state getting the same number of electoral votes as congressional members. Most states have systems where all of the state’s electoral votes are won by the candidate who gets the most votes. In modern times, the White House is won by anyone who gets 270 of the 538 total electoral votes.
But Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks she knows better than the Founding Fathers.
“My goal is to get elected—but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote,” Warren said during a campaign event in Marion, Iowa, on Sunday.
“I want to get rid of it,” she said. “I just think this is how a democracy should work. Call me old fashioned, but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.”
Just five times in history has a presidential candidate on the popular vote but lost the Electoral College (it happened in 2016, when Hillary Clinton got more than 65 million votes and President Trump got more than 63 million votes, but Trump won the Electoral College by a vote of 304-227).
Democrats want to end the Electoral college to take power away from smaller states and give more leverage to states with large urban populations.
Just like a lot of other ideas from Warren — like her $52 trillion Medicare for all proposal — her plan is a non-starter. Doing away with the College would require a constitutional amendment, and that can only take place if a two-thirds supermajority in Congress passes an amendment, which is then ratified by three-fourths of the states.
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