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Boxer Wants To End Electoral College

Boxer Wants To End Electoral College

Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and gained control of the White House. She has also been a vocal advocate for Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. Due to the election being a four-way contest, none of the candidates got a majority in the Electoral College, though it should be noted that Andrew Jackson got the plurality of the popular vote. Ten states plus Washington, D.C., have enacted legislation that could lead to a system that leaves the electoral college intact but ensures that it deliver the presidency to the popular vote victor.

Part two of the election is held in December, with the vote of 270 electors needed to win. A petition on change.org calling for members of the electoral college to vote for Clinton rather than Trump got more than 2 million signatures in under 36 hours, but if people really want change, they should lobby their state legislators to support the electoral college compact. This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency. "The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately".

The final vote count is still pending, but Hillary Clinton leads Trump by about 800,000 votes, nationally. It is unlikely voters of the Electoral College will vote for Clinton over Trump, 70. But then he appeared he may have changed his mind. The combination of those two facts means Trump's victory was narrower than it might seem from the electoral college count.

Retiring Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who inflamed tensions and angered Berniecrats at the Nevada state Democratic Convention in May, has been the loudest critic of the Electoral College in recent days. "I couldn't agree more". If there's someone poised to pick up a large share of the blame, it's the white women who voted 53% for Donald Trump. "If you voted for Mitt Romney, you were really voting for the state's four Republican electors". Similarly, Clinton also won the Latino vote, which came in at 65 percent while Trump's came in at 29 percent, according to Pew Research.

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That was his margin of Electoral College "victory". However in a Tuesday tweet, he called the electoral college "genius".

State legislatures can rectify this anti-democratic process passing a multi-state compact which commits their electoral college delegates, no matter who they individually support and no matter what the outcome of the election is in that particular state, to vote for the victor of the national popular vote. Though nearly no one predicted that Trump would win, the Clinton campaign's lack of specific and sustained grassroots-level investment in traditional Democratic voters will likely be a chief scapegoat for her loss. It is too late to demonstrate once your candidate has lost, because you decided not to vote.

Rutherford B. Hayes was named the victor of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel Tilden. She infamously challenged Ohio's slate of electors in January 2005 in an attempt to block (or at least stall) George W. Bush's formal re-election process.

The idea here is to exploit an odd ambiguity in the Electoral College. The bill Boxer is scheduled to propose is one that requires a Constitutional Amendment. Three-fourths of the states would need to ratify the bill within seven years after its passage in Congress.


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