President Donald Trump responded to Democratic calls to abolish the Electoral College and pack the U.S. Supreme Court on March 20, by telling his 2020 presidential opponents to instead "win it at the Ballot Box!"
Leading Democrats -including Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren- called for the abolishment of the Electoral College this week while Speaker Pelosi threw her support behind lowering the national voting age to "capture kids" in high school. Kamala Harris told late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night that she's "open to the discussion".
Governor Charlie Baker argues the Electoral College system forces candidates to consider the needs of many states, not just the ones with lots of electoral votes.
"We can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College". O'Rourke suggested a constitutional amendment to award the presidency to the victor of the popular vote.
With the Popular Vote, you go to. But rather than pass a constitutional amendment, these legislatures are joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a group of states that pledge to give their electoral votes to the victor of the national popular vote.
Securing 270 electoral votes wins the presidency.
Still, with legislative sessions winding down, there are no other states expected to join this year.
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"The way to do it is through state action and we would welcome Sen".
One of the major talking points of these detractors is the so-called "wisdom of our forefathers" who bravely took a stand against the "vulgar popular vote" (never mind that the "vulgar electoral vote" gave us our current president). Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has gone even further, saying that Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, is illegitimate because Gorsuch's seat should have gone to outgoing President Barack Obama's 2016 nominee, Merrick Garland.
Trump's comments came in a tweet shortly after midnight Wednesday.
It also encourages a two-party system and pressures candidates to campaign in every state and not just in states where they have strong support. "In fact, In senator Birch Bayh, who just last week died at age 91, came within a few votes of advancing an amendment to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a direct popular vote".
Presidential campaigns have a way of smoking out candidates on topics they hadn't prepared white papers on, nor planned to emphasize.
It would require lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment - no easy feat in a paralyzed Congress - and then ratification by 38 out of the 50 states.