2016 Election

Barbara Boxer introduces legislation that will get rid of the Electoral College

This Tuesday, Senator Barbara Boxer is set to introduce legislation that seeks to get rid of the Electoral College, a move that comes in the wake of Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 Election despite winning the popular vote.

This Tuesday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is set to introduce legislation that seeks to get rid of the Electoral College, a move that comes in the wake of Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 Election despite winning the popular vote.

“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, according to The Hill.

Boxer went on to mention a 2012 tweet by Donald Trump where he slams the Electoral College as being a “disaster for democracy.”

She added that Clinton is “on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama.”

“The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately,” she continued.

From The Hill:

According to Pew, Clinton would be the fifth person to win the popular vote but lose the election, with the most recent being Al Gore in 2000.

Boxer’s legislation would amend the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College. Even if it is approved by Congress it would need to be approved by three-fourths of the states within seven years before it would take effect.

Contradicting his 2012 tweet, Trump praised the Electoral College this Sunday morning as “genius.”

A Cook Political Report tracker of the national popular vote shows Clinton to be leading Trump by about a million votes. Trump’s Electoral College win led the former secretary of State by 290 to 232.

Featured image: Gage Skidmore

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