There’s now a long list of Democratic candidates for president who are calling for abolishing the Electoral College—among them is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
"We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people,” Buttigieg said on Sunday. “Let’s pick our president by counting up all the ballots and giving it to the woman or man who got the most votes."
.@PeteButtigieg: "We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people ... Let’s pick our President by counting up all the ballots and giving it to the woman or man who got the most votes" https://t.co/ak42dRUf5R pic.twitter.com/EpCC54432k— CNN (@CNN) April 14, 2019
Twitter was quick to remind Buttigieg that America is not a democracy, and for good reason.
We don’t live in a democracy. We live in a republic. And the electoral college was designed for everyone’s voice to be heard. So states as big as california with different needs and different opinions won’t overshadow the voice of other smaller states.— Angelo Ray Gomez (@AngeloRayGomez) April 15, 2019
He knows we're a democratic republic right ? This is why we need civics back in schools.— Cowboy Rob (@_Refrigerators_) April 15, 2019
The founders didn't want concentrated control. The electoral college disperses that control to force broad based appeal and consideration of all Americans. Two senators from each state regardless of population additionally ensures such. Thus all Americans have a voice. Perfect— Bernie (@berniev1960) April 14, 2019
He seems like a great guy, but this is a deal-breaker for getting my vote. How can somebody be so smart and seem to not know anything about why the electoral college is in place.— Julie Ann (@MayorOfSnark) April 14, 2019
He knows. He’s pandering to those who don’t.— GB (@GBtablereads) April 16, 2019
This is not the first time Buttigieg has called for the Electoral College’s elimination.
“We’ve got to repair our democracy. The Electoral College needs to go, because it’s made our society less and less democratic," he said during a January appearance on "CBS This Morning."