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Sen. Barbara Boxer to introduce bill to end the Electoral College

WASHINGTON -- Retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, is set to introduce a Senate bill that aims to end the Electoral College.

Boxer announced in a statement on Tuesday that the bill, which she planned to introduce later Tuesday afternoon, would determine the winner of presidential elections by the outcome of the popular vote.

She cited President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the Electoral College despite Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's apparent popular vote advantage.

"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer said in a statement. "The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.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."

"In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, 'The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy,' " Boxer added. "I couldn't agree more. One person, one vote!"

According to CNN's election results as of Tuesday, Clinton won 61,329,657 votes and Trump won 60,530,867.

This is the fifth time in history that a nominee has won the popular vote but not the Electoral College. The same situation happened to Al Gore in 2000, when he lost to George W. Bush.

The actual likelihood of Boxer's bill passing is low. It's a proposed constitutional amendment, which would require passage not only by two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate, but then in three-quarters of states. A lame duck session and a Republican Congress will make it difficult to get such a bill through the legislative branch.

On Tuesday, President-elect Trump praised the Electoral College after previously criticizing the system. He said he could have won the popular vote if he campaigned differently.

President-elect Trump tweeted he would have won the populous states of Florida, New York and California if he had spent more time campaigning there.

4 comments

  • DanU

    The Electoral College is defined in the constitution and cannot be changed by legislation. It takes a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College. Barbara Boxer should know this. But she’s a kook and no loss to the Senate in her retirement. Please California, you can do better.

  • Opinion8d

    Why stop with just the Presidential election??? Why not put gay marriage, abortion, legal marijuana, you name it, to the popular vote so the people can decide?!?!

  • confused

    The whole point of the Electoral Vote was so that small communities and farm areas votes COUNTED. Otherwise only densely populated, heavily one-partied cities would get to choose the POTUS . CA is close even with the electoral system as CA has 55 VOTES! The next highest is TX with 38, FL and NY with 29 each. 30 states are not even more then 9. The less populated states, should have a say and this is how it’s done. This is also why there are only 2 senators per state-to keep things on an even keel. The free stuff promised by a POTUS elect has to be paid for. As the USA has learned, being popular with PROMISES gets you elected, and divides the country into takers and workers. It did not work. People got tired of it and that maybe one of the reasons Trump won.

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