Leading Democrats in the US Senate introduced legislation Tuesday to officially end the Electoral College; seeking to upend centuries of tradition and switch the presidential selection process to a simple popular vote.
“The measure serves as companion legislation to one put forward in the House by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and counts one presidential candidate — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — among its co-sponsors. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California and Brian Schatz of Hawaii also sponsored the resolution,” reports Fox News.
“Before the 2000 election, I introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Constitution and create a system of direct election for presidents,” Durbin said in a statement. “And I still believe today as I did then that the Electoral College is a relic from a shameful period in our nation’s history, and allows some votes to carry greater weight than others.”
The idea has gained traction among Democrats following Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat to Donald Trump during the 2016 race for the White House.
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PLAN B: Beto O’Rourke Now Supports Democratic Push to Abolish the Electoral College
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke threw his support behind the Democratic Party’s recent push to abolish the Electoral College Tuesday; saying there’s “a lot of wisdom in that” following the results of the 2016 race for the White House.
O’Rourke was speaking with supporters after leaving Penn State when he was asked if he agreed with fellow Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in her efforts to end the uniquely American political process.
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“Last night, Elizabeth Warren suggested getting rid of the Electoral College. Is that an idea you would support?” asked one reporter.
“I think there’s— there’s a lot to that,” O’Rourke fired-back. “You had an election in 2016 where the loser got three million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play all together… I think there’s a lot of wisdom in that.”
PLAN B: Cory Booker Endorses End of the Electoral College, Says ‘Most Votes’ Should Win
Senator Cory Booker delivered his first televised town hall event on CNN this week; siding with his fellow Democratic challengers and endorsing the end of the Electoral College in future presidential elections.
“My question is: Do you believe that there should be some type of reform to the Electoral College, or should it remain as it is?” asked one audience member.
“Thank you for the question. I believe very simply that in presidential elections, the person with the most votes should be the president of the United States,” said Booker. “But I want to tell you, for us ever to get to a point where we can address that issue, we have got to win this next election under the rules that are there now.”