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Ending The Electoral College

March 19, 2019

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. 

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