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Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College

Molly Prince on January 4, 2019

Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen introduced a measure on Thursday that would add a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college.

Cohen introduced the yet-to-be-named legislation that if passed, would overturn a portion of Article II of the U.S. Constitution stating that the president and vice president are determined by electors under a grant of authority delegated to the state legislatures. It reads:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The joint resolution was introduced only hours after the new congress swore in, giving Democrats a majority in the House.

“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” Cohen said in a press release. “Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office.”

“More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators,” Cohen continued. “It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”

The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and already has three cosponsors: Democratic Reps. , John Garamendi and Julia Brownley of California, and Jim Cooper of Tennessee.

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  • This Nazi leftist is in for a big surprise. He hasn't got a chance in hell of turning this country into a socialist paradise. There is a Republican investigation department appointed by the president to investigate traitors in the Congress and Senate. Muller, Pelosi, and Schummer are now under investigation.

  • We already have rampant voter fraud from the left! That's why some of these idiots got elected.

  • We already have rampant voter fraud from the left! That's why some of these idiots got elected.

  • There is no way they can change the electoral college without the states approving the change to the Constitution. Without the approval would be a reason to revolt against an overreaching government in many ways. Politicians keep violating their Oath to serve and protect. They are Public Servants. Webster can define the words if you can not.

  • State legislation, the National Popular Vote bill is 64% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    It simply requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

  • State legislation, the National Popular Vote bill is 64% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    It simply requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

  • The democrat party at work... Each trying to outdo each other with the most ridiculous bills imaginable.

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