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CA Senator Proposes Bill To Abolish Electoral College

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Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California filed a bill on Nov. 15 calling to end the Electoral College system.

Boxer is about to retire, but filed the legislation before leaving office.

After President-elect Donald Trump’s shocking win in the general election, many are in support of the bill, reports the Independent.

A petition demanding to abolish the Electoral College system garnered more than 4 million signatures.

Michael Baer created the petition, with his thoughts on why it's important to get rid of the Electoral College:

The Electoral College has outlasted its usefulness. It is part of the constitution, written when communication was by pony express.

Voters currently living and voting in a ‘red’ or ‘blue’ state are disenfranchised, because their vote doesn’t matter.

Elimination the electoral college means: no ‘swing’ states getting all the attention and all the campaign stops and all the empty campaign promises.

The electoral members are selected by the two main political parties, Republican and Democrat, disenfranchising all other voters, independent, Libertarian, etc. End it now.

Boxer’s bill proposes a revision to the Constitution and sends a strong message to the Senate, according to KTLA.

It is unlikely her legislation will pass because it would need to be approved by three-fourths of all states within seven years after being passed by a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.

Although the general election vote count has not been finalized, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Trump by almost 800,000 popular votes. But Trump managed to win the presidency by gaining more Electoral College votes.

This is the fifth time in the history of the U.S. a candidate has won the presidency but not the popular vote, prompting critics to call the U.S. political system undemocratic.

An election analyst for The New York Times, Nate Cohn, predicts that after the popular vote tally, there will have been 61.2 million ballots cast in favor of Trump and 63.4 million votes for Clinton, with an overall lead of 1.5 percent.

Following Trump’s victory, there have been protests across the U.S. opposing his presidency.

Sources: KTLAIndependent / Photo credit: Sen. Barbara Boxer

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