The radical alternative is the national popular vote interstate compact—call it the “compact,” for short the most concise explanation: rather than abolishing the electoral college via constitutional amendment, state legislatures would change their laws to award their electoral votes to whoever wins the. This piece originally appeared at the huffington post the electors of the electoral college met this afternoon in their respective states and anointed as president the candidate who won the popular vote in a larger number of states — donald trump — regardless of the fact that another candidate — hillary. Robert reich explains why it's time abolish the electoral college and make sure our democracy doesn't ever again elect a candidate who loses the popular vote. 'the o'reilly factor': bill o'reilly's talking points 12/20. The electoral college no longer performs the function it was intended to in fact it works counter to them it is time for it to go this discussion assumes. By overwhelming majorities, americans would prefer to elect the president by direct popular vote, not filtered through the antiquated mechanism of the electoral college they understand, on a gut level, the basic fairness of awarding the nation's highest office on the same basis as every other elected office. Donald trump won tuesday's election with 305 electoral votes to hillary clinton's 233 so the papers say but in fact, clinton triumphed in the only way that counts — ie in terms of the popular vote, beating her opponent by more than two hundred thousand votes, according to the latest tally this means. When maher noted that abolishing the electoral college would mean passing a constitutional amendment, gore said it could also be done through the national popular vote interstate compact, an agreement among states to award all of their respective electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular.
Given that hillary clinton is currently beating donald trump by more than 2 million votes nationally, and that she's the second democratic candidate in recent memory to win the popular vote while losing the presidency, it's hardly surprising that efforts to abolish the electoral college have seen a jolt of. A week after america voted donald trump into the white house, california senator barbara boxer introduced a bill to abolish the electoral college, the system by which states allocate votes to presidential candidates the college, long an unpopular feature of american politics, was decisive in the election. Even if a candidate receives the popular vote, a candidate has to win the majority of electoral votes to win the election retiring sen barbara boxer (d-calif) filed legislation tuesday to abolish the electoral college in light of democratic nominee hillary clinton winning the popular vote but still losing the election.
Through its winner-take-all system, the electoral college encourages candidates to only focus on swing states and completely ignore safe states where they poll by large margins in addition to this, the electoral college also appoints electoral votes disproportionately to many states, resulting in some states having stronger. Trump's unexpected victory and loss in the popular vote unleashed a torrent of hot takes from democrats and liberals calling for the abolition of the electoral college their frustration is somewhat understandable, even if their motivations are purely political—after all, democratic candidates have now won. In november 2000, newly elected new york senator hillary clinton promised that when she took office in 2001, she would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college, the 18th-century, state-by-state, winner-take-all system for selecting the president she never pursued her.
A number of pundits think mitt romney could win the popular vote and barack obama could win a majority of electoral votes and secure reelection i hope whoever wins does so with the most votes so that we can avoid the controversy of the 2000 election regardless, it's time to abolish this obsolete system. Former al gore campaign manager bill daley explains why democrats should rethink their calls to eliminate the electoral college.
Clinton appears to have won the national popular vote in 2016, primarily fueled by massive landslides in populous democratic states like california and new york this has sparked efforts to do away with the state-based and not entirely democratic electoral college though a huge part of the anti-electoral. It is at this point in the election process that the electoral college begins to take effect in 48 states the electoral college is utilized in the same way (maine and nebraska have a slight variation) after the votes in each of these 48 states are counted and tallied, the political party whose candidate received a. People are claiming that since hillary clinton won the majority of votes in the last election, we should abolish the electoral college this would greatly diminish the role of the states in presidential elections, enable large-population states to overshadow the influence of small-population states, and.
A senior member of the us senate has introduced a bill to abolish the electoral college in the wake of hillary clinton winning the popular vote but losing the 2016 presidential election. If democracy means the majority rules, the electoral college is an undemocratic institution twice in the last five elections it has delivered the white house to the loser of the popular vote in 2000 it gave the nation george w bush two weeks ago it gave us donald trump, although clinton will most likely. Sen barbara boxer called it an outdated, undemocratic system.
It might be a surprise to most voters that the ballot you cast on election day wasn' t actually a vote for the next president it was a vote for your state's electors to the electoral college — those are the people who actually vote for president they're supposed to put their vote toward the candidate who won a. Readers give two views on the electoral college in letters to the editor. The national popular vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the district of columbia explanation it has been enacted into law in 11 states with 165 electoral votes (ca , dc. To be delivered to president donald trump, the united states house of representatives, the united states senate amend the constitution to abolish the electoral college hold presidential elections based on popular vote one person one vote to determine the one leader who is supposed to answer to all the people of.
Hillary clinton told cnn on wednesday that it is time to abolish the electoral college, part of a sweeping interview about why she lost the 2016 election. Numerous bills have been filed in the us congress to abolish or reduce the power of the electoral college contents [hide] 1 proposed amendments 11 bayh–celler amendment 12 carter proposal 13 cohen proposal 2 every vote counts amendment 21 text of legislation 211 article 212 background. In a parting swipe at president-elect donald trump, retiring democratic california sen barbara boxer filed legislation tuesday to abolish the electoral college that has propelled the manhattan mogul into the white house noting that hillary clinton got more votes than trump but still lost the election, boxer.