Senate Dems Ready to Remove the Electoral College

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Posted: Apr 01, 2019 4:30 PM
Senate Dems Ready to Remove the Electoral College

Source: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) will introduce a constitutional amendment to the floor this week that will abolish the Electoral College.

The Daily Beast reported that an anonymous aide provided a list of supporters. Mike Inacay, communications director for Sen. Schatz, retweeted the article.

These supporters include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Schatz argued on Twitter that the Electoral College was made, “as a compromise to accommodate slave owning states,” and that abolishing it would give Puerto Rican’s more say in the presidential election. When another user responded that the Electoral College prevents populous states from having a tyranny of the majority, the senator just said that his plan would making voting “simple.”

Schatz retweeted a post from NBC political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who said that the amendment wouldn’t pass “anytime soon,” but would start a conversation.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced similar legislation on Mar. 29. He claimed that adding his amendment would ensure all Americans are represented.

"It’s time to end the undemocratic Electoral College, and to ensure a pathway to full voting representation for all American citizens, regardless of whether they live in Portland or Puerto Rico," Merkley said.

The Democratic push for the popular vote is fueled by President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election. Despite losing the popular vote against Hillary Clinton, he became the second candidate in 16 years to win the White House with just the Electoral College.