Hillary Clinton Wants to Abolish the Electoral College
Ironically, immediately after casting New York’s first electoral vote for Joe Biden on Monday, Hillary Clinton called to “abolish the Electoral College.
Ironically, immediately after casting New York’s first electoral vote for Joe Biden on Monday, Hillary Clinton called to “abolish the Electoral College.”
“I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and select our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office… But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” she wrote on twitter.
The former Secretary of State had won the popular vote in 2016 by 2.9 million votes, however she lost to President Donald Trump who had won the Electoral College vote.
When George W. Bush beat Al Gore in the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote, Clinton at the time made the same call to abolish the mechanism designed protect state sovereignty.
Clinton and her husband, Former president Bill Clinton, are both electors in the state of New York which is also a member of The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).
(NPVIC) is a pact made by a group of U.S. states, along with the District of Columbia, whereby the states agree to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. The compact is designed to circumnavigate the Electoral College and ensure that the candidate who receives the most votes is elected president, however it would only go into effect when the pact has enough member states to guarantee that outcome.
As of December 2020, it has been adopted by fifteen states and the District of Columbia. These states have 196 electoral votes, which is 36% of the Electoral College.
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