The Electoral College

The Electoral College, like the filibuster, is a remnant of a racist past that needs to be abolished. According to Wikipedia, “The United States Electoral College is the group of presidential electors required by the Constitution to form every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president. Each state appoints electors according to its legislature, equal in number to its congressional delegation (senators and representatives). Federal office holders cannot be electors. Of the current 538 electors, an absolute majority of 270 or more electoral votes is required to elect the president and vice president. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority there, a contingent election is held by the United States House of Representatives to elect the president, and by the United States Senate to elect the vice president.”

The flaws in the system are multiple. The worst aspect is that it allows the election of a president who did not win the popular vote. That happened in 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016. The most recent example was Donald Trump, unquestionably the worst president the U.S. has ever had. He lost the 2016 popular election to Hillary Clinton by 2.86 million votes but was elected by the Electoral College.

That outcome obviously violated the one person-one vote dictum that requires equal power for each voter. And if we learn nothing else from the disastrous reign of Trump, let’s fix our voting system by eliminating the Electoral College in hopes that it never happens again.

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  1. Now we need to support the National Popular Vote bill and state legislators in states with the 75 more electoral votes needed to enact it. It will make every vote in every state matter and count equally, and guarantee the presidency to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the country.

    There have been hundreds of unsuccessful proposed amendments to modify or abolish the Electoral College – more than any other subject of Constitutional reform.
    To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with less than 6% of the U.S. population.

    In 1969, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 338-70 for a national popular vote for President.
    3 Southern segregationist Senators used the filibuster to kill a national popular vote for President.

    Instead, state legislation, The National Popular Vote bill is 72% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the country.
    The bill changes state statewide winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    States are agreeing to award their 270+ electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

    All votes would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where voters live.


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