Ending The Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for abolishing the Electoral College as part of an effort to expand voting rights.  It is a statement made large by a 2020 presidential candidate, but also one that connects with millions of Americans who wish for the popular vote to determine election outcomes for the executive office.

It is most apparent to even the causal observers of our national politics that deep red states like Mississippi and deep blue states like California are rarely campaign stops for presidential candidates during the general election.  The reason is that the overwhelming focus on swing states, like Wisconsin and Michigan where the actual fight for the Electoral College votes take place, gets the attention.

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump’s loss in the popular vote by 3 million ballots has propelled many to seek redress to the flaws in the Electoral College, and thereby ask for its elimination.   Since the EC is a part of the Constitution means that it makes sense to create workarounds to spring up like the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, in which member states pledge their state’s electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote.  Such actions are underway in places like Delaware and Colorado. 

Election Reform In Delaware And Colorado Concerning Electoral College

Interesting ideas about how to strengthen our election process continues to emerge from around the country.  The news over the past days has centered on Delaware and Colorado.

The Delaware House last week passed the measure by a vote of 24-17 that would add that state to a joint pact already containing 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to local news outlet WHYY. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would only go into effect if enough states sign on to bring the total Electoral College votes to 270. Currently, with the recent addition of Colorado, whose governor signed the bill Friday, the total is 181, still well shy of the 270 needed. Delaware has only 3 Electoral College votes. State Rep. David Bentz (D), the sponsor of the bill, said he proposed the legislation because Delaware is a forgotten state when it comes to the presidential election.

Meanwhile out west…

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday quietly signed a bill that pledges Colorado’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The National Popular Vote Act makes Colorado part of a multi-state compact — but it only takes effect if and when enough states join to control 270 electoral votes. The bill had no Republican support in either chamber, and opponents announced plans Friday to ask voters to overturn the law. ‘With the overwhelming support that (Monument Mayor Don) Wilson and I have received from people statewide, we are ready to start circulating the petitions so we can get this on the 2020 ballot and let the People of Colorado decide how their electoral college votes should be cast,’ Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said in a statement. The Secretary of State’s Office said it would complete the necessary paperwork Friday allowing signature-gathering to begin. They’ll need 124,632 valid signatures by Aug. 1 to put the question on the 2020 ballot.