Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College


Speaking at Keene State College on Tuesday, the former Texas congressman also called for expanding same-day voter registration, as well as federal oversight of the voting system.

The time is ripe for such a switch, as an overwhelming majority of Americans are unhappy with the electoral college, which has overturned the popular vote five times in our history (most recently Hillary Clinton and Al Gore).

Avlon said that the Electoral College ceased to be an issue until the 2000 election, when George W. Bush lost the popular vote but won the presidency, as did Donald Trump in 2016.

Still, with legislative sessions winding down, there are no other states expected to join this year.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a leading Democratic White House contender, said March 19 that she is "open to discussion" about eliminating the Electoral College.

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur running for the party's presidential nomination, tweeted: "The problem with deciding Presidential elections via popular vote is that candidates would naturally campaign in urban areas with big media markets and their policies would follow suit".

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. "Better to have proportional electoral college votes in each state so you campaign everywhere". "In fact, In senator Birch Bayh, who just last week died at age 91, came within a few votes of advancing an amendment to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a direct popular vote".

It would require lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment - no easy feat in a paralyzed Congress - and then ratification by 38 out of the 50 states.