US senator pushes to abolish electoral college after Trump win
A CALIFORNIA senator has introduced legislation to rid the US of its electoral college, the system that allowed Donald Trump to win the presidency despite Hillary Clinton’s lead of nearly 1 million votes.
The measure comes amid calls for reform following the November 8 presidential upset, but is a long-shot.
“This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency,” said Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who moved the bid on November 15.
The US Constitution specifies that the electoral college ultimately decides the presidential election, not the popular vote.
Each US state is given a number of electors, which corresponds to the size of the state’s population.
In 48 of 50 states, rules require all of a state’s electors to cast their votes for whichever candidate wins the popular vote there, in a winner-takeall system.
Under these rules, the winner of the electoral college vote does not always correspond to the candidate who won the country’s popular vote.
“The electoral college is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts,” Ms Boxer said.
Although Ms Clinton received nearly 800,000 more votes she lost in the electoral college.
The electoral vote is at 290 for Mr Trump and 232 for Mr Clinton, although one state has yet to be called. No matter its turnout, it does not have enough votes to bring Ms Clinton a win.
More than 4.3 million people have signed a petition on the Change.org website asking the college’s 538 electors to elect Ms Clinton on December 19, when their votes will be officially counted. –