In the wake of the results of last week’s presidential election there have been calls by Democrats to rethink the validity of the Electoral College.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has decided to present legislation calling for the elimination of the Electoral College.
This comes after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by about 780,000 votes, failed to win the electoral vote.
Republican nominee Donald Trump became the next president of the United States by winning 290 electoral votes, or 20 more than necessary to guarantee winning the presidency..
“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” Boxer said, referring to the presidential elections of 2000 and 2016, both lost by Democrats.
She went on to say she agreed with a 2012 tweet from Trump calling the electoral vote a “disaster for a democracy.”
Boxer referred to the Electoral College as “outdated,” “undemocratic,” and in need of an overhaul.
“This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency,” Boxer said.
Boxer is not the only one concerned with the voting system currently in place.
President-elect Trump appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday where he told correspondent Leslie Stahl, “I’m not going to change my mind just because I won. But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win.”
He seemed to have a change of heart on Tuesday when he tweeted:
The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
Abolishing the Electoral College would begin with an amendment to the Constitution.
The amendment would need to be approved by the Congress before going to the individual states. Upon reaching the states, the amendment would require the approval of three-quarters of the states within seven years to be added to the Constitution.
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