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PoliticsSanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College

05:05  12 july  2019
05:05  12 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution, constituted every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the United States.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it may be time to consider changing the Electoral College system that gave Trump his victory last week. Trump’s win has reignited debate about abolishing the Electoral College in favor of a format centered on the results of the popular vote.

Sanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College© Greg Nash Sanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday night said he favored getting rid of the Electoral College.

Sanders was pressed on the issue at a presidential town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

"It is hard to defend a system in which we have a president who lost the popular vote by three million votes, so the answer is yes," he said.

Sanders had previously made similar remarks, but stopped short of calling for abolishing the voting body.

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"Yes, let's abolish the Electoral College ," O'Rourke said . "If we got rid of the Electoral College , we’d get a little bit closer to one person, one vote in the But he said he was open to other ideas, such as term limits for judges or rotating members of the Appellate Courts through the Supreme Court in order

The Electoral College was created when the Constitution was drawn up in 1787. It assigns states a given number of electors based on population. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders , I-Vt., has called for a “reassessment” of the Electoral College , according to The Hill.

"Presidential elections cannot be fought out in just a dozen 'battleground' states," he told The Washington Post. "I believe that we need to reexamine the concept of the Electoral College."

A number of other Democratic presidential hopefuls including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) have also called to eliminate the Electoral College.

And a recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey found that a majority of voters says the Electoral College system should be abandoned in favor of a national popular vote.

The push to consider moving to a national popular vote comes as several Democratic states in recent years have entered into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement that would essentially bypass the Electoral College if enough states join.

The Electoral College has faced renewed scrutiny from the left after 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election despite winning the national popular vote by just under 3 million votes. President Trump won the Electoral College, though, by a margin of 304 to 227.

Former President George W. Bush similarly lost the popular vote in 2000, but won in the Electoral College with 271 votes to Democratic candidate Al Gore's 266.

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