Politics

Democrats Introduce Bill To Abolish Electoral College

| by Lauren Briggs

After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the race to President-elect Donald Trump, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California introduced a measure on Nov. 15 that would eliminate the Electoral College for good.

"The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately," Boxer said in a statement regarding the new legislature, according to The Hill.

Boxer supported Clinton throughout the majority of the election. As the final votes continue to be tallied, she said that Clinton is "on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama."

If Congress passes the bill to amend the Constitution, three-quarters of the states in the nation will need to approve it within seven years in order for it to become the law of the land.

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The California Democrat has co-sponsored similar legislation before, though none of the bills to abolish the Electoral College have gained traction, notes the Los Angeles Times.

"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer added. "In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, 'The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.' I couldn't agree more. One person, one vote!"

Despite losing the popular vote, the president-elect said in a "60 Minutes" interview that was released Nov. 13 that he would still be interested in reforming the electoral college system.

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"I'm not going to change my mind just because I won," Trump said on the program, according to The Hill. "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."

But shortly after the interview aired, Trump tweeted Nov. 15 that the Electoral College system "is actually genius," since it "brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play."

"Campaigning is much different!" he added.

Sources: The Hill, Los Angeles Times, Donald Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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