Rep. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on Sunday, Dec. 1, during a campaign event in Marion, Iowa, that if she had the opportunity to run a second time for president of the United States, she would abolish election through the Electoral College.
“My goal is to get elected—but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote,” she said, according to Gateway Pundit.
According to Gatewat Pundit, a group of delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention made the unanimous decision to implement the election of the president through an Electoral College, in charge of creating a temporary group of voters equal in number to the representatives in Congress.
In that order, each state gets the same number of electoral votes as the number of members in Congress; most states have systems in which the candidate who gets the most votes gets all of the state’s electoral votes.
In the face of the idea of abolishing the voting system through the Electoral College, Warren added, “I want to get rid of it. (…) I just think this is how a democracy should work. Call me old fashioned, but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.”
According to the Gatewat Pundit, a presidential candidate can win the popular vote, however, he or she can lose the electoral vote, thus compromising the race for president, as happened to the Democrat Hillary Clinton who obtained the vote of more than 65 million people, more than Donald Trump who obtained more than 63 million. However, Trump won the Electoral College vote.
Some Republicans, such as former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele or former Republican Party Chairman in Michigan Saul Anuzis, also support the idea of changing the voting system.
According to Gateway Pundit, the Democrats’ goal in ending the Electoral College system is to take power away from smaller states and give greater influence to states with larger populations.
However, in order to carry out a reform of the electoral system, an amendment to the Constitution is needed and the support of two-thirds of the Senate or two-thirds of state legislatures, and then it needs three-fourths of the state legislatures’ approval for ratification, according to The Blaze.
According to The Blaze, there is a movement brewing in several states that seeks to undermine the Electoral College system by assigning voters to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, an example being New Mexico and Oregon where the popular vote raised the total number of voters.