House Democrats push amendment to ‘abolish the Electoral College’

Following the 2016 election, many disaffected Democrats began a renewed push for the abolition of the Electoral College as a means of determining the winner of presidential races.

Even though the electoral vote worked out to their benefit in last November’s election, one House Democrat is now advancing a resolution that would amend the Constitution to establish a national popular vote system.

“Provide for the direct election”

According to the Washington Examiner, the proposal by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), H.J. Res. 14, was introduced on Monday with the support of eight other cosponsors in his party.

According to its title, the legislation would “abolish the Electoral College” and “provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.”

While proponents of the electoral system point to its intended result of leveling the playing field between states with disparate populations, Cohen and his cohorts argue that the representative elections have become an “antiquated” aspect of American government.

According to defenders of the amendment, the current age of mass media allows voters in all corners of the nation to familiarize themselves with national candidates, whereas early on in the nation’s history Americans were able to put their trust in state-level electors who cast votes on their behalf.

Cohen further noted that the Constitution has already been amended multiple times on election-related procedures, including the 15th, 19th, and 25th amendments, which each expanded the number of Americans who were eligible to vote.

“Vestige of the 18th Century”

The 17th Amendment provided for the direct election of senators instead of allowing state legislators to choose, as had been originally intended in the Constitution.

Arguing that it is now appropriate to add another amendment, Cohen proposed language declaring that the “pair of candidates having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President shall be elected.”

In a statement supporting the resolution, he wrote: “Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote for any office to win and assume that office… More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”

Cohen went on to make his argument that the Electoral College is a “vestige of the 18th Century when voters didn’t know their candidates,” later asserting that last week’s violent storming of U.S. Capitol building represented an attempt to manipulate the election based on the electoral vote tally.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the issue has become increasingly partisan throughout the 21st century, with a poll in 2018 revealing that three in four Democrats want to see the president elected by popular vote, compared to just 32% of Republicans.

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    1. This certainly is not Constitutional. Some Democrats like Professor Alan Dershovitz follow the Constitution. But the group that wants to abolish Electoral College does not care about the Constitution. It cares about turning USA into a Communist Country rather than the one abiding by US Constitution.

  1. For all of you deplorable dumb Anti Americans getting rid of the EC voting will let the east & west coast communist
    Bastards control all other states
    I personally will fight to my death to keep that from happening
    Wake up you dumb morons

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  3. The wisdom of our founders and the stupidity of most democrats can be seen and read in this post. The Electoral College was instituted for the “little guy”. That way the populous east and west (left) coasts can’t dictate to every other State. The dems have to cheat now, to win. Why would any patriotic American agree to a system like no E.C. to let the popular vote win out. If this had been te case Donald Trump would be sworn in for his 2nd term on Jan. 20th vs. the Cheater. There was a time in America not too distant when cheaters and thieves were hung. That needs to happen again!

      1. The US is a republic not a democracy. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…” . this is why the democrats are trying to get rid of the Pledge of Allegiance. People were not taught or have forgotten that democracy is an ideology that helps shape how the government is run. Put another way: a republic is the system of government that allows a country to be democratic!

  4. If that’s the case then how about the opposite Canidate becomes Vice President then that way Both Sides are included instead of one party rules. And how about one Republican and one Democrat From each State. And a equal number of reps from each party!

  5. 35 States have voted to or are ready to vote to secede. The Democrats won’t last long with out our half of the citizens that actually work, operate profitable businesses and are willing to fund a responsible Government via reasonable taxation!

  6. Just another way to totally screw up the election system! the electoral college was put in place to guarantee a fair election” supposedly”, with equal representation from all states! Clearly, that can be compromised through fraud, but each state still has their electors. If the electoral college is abolished, we have no say in how or by whom we are governed!

  7. They’re out of control! If I be said it once! I’ll say it again!OUT OF CONTROL!!!! This needs to stop! Try focusing on the other things that need precedence! Knock it off!!!

  8. How stupid someone from Tennessee wanting the popular vote. What would happen if he ever saw the light and changed his affiliation he would lose his vote. Oh I forgot you are not allowed to say he I will just call him Loser!!

  9. Every one should know and understand the electorial college is the only law that keeps the smaller lower population states on an even playing field with the large populated states. WITHOUT THE ELECTORIAL COLLEGE NEARLY EVERY IMPORTANT SEAT WILL BE FILLED WITH A PERSON MAYBE NOT QUALIFIED TO LED BUT SOME ONE FROM A LARGE POPULATED STATE BECAUSE THE TOTAL VOTE WOULD DETERMINE THE WINNER REGARDLESS OF ABILITY. . ..SPEAKING5 MYSELF AS SOME ONE FROM A SMALLER STATE IF THIS DOES BECOME LAW OF THE LAND THENI PRAY WE CHOOSE TO SECEED AND FORM A RICHEOUS HONEST NATION NOT BASED ON FRAUD OR FAKE ELECTIONS BUT TO SELECT THE MOST CAPABLE PEOPLE FOR ALL SEATS IN LLADERSHIP.

  10. All these college uneducated brain washed morons dont know any better, they should study how and why this country was founded

  11. It sounds like a reasonable request. But if this flagrant voter fraud and flipping of votes is not dealt with deceivably, it is going to continue until it is. NO Republican will ever be elected again. The government will be, cleansed, of all opponents to the left. So perhaps, doing away with the college now is not a good idea. Though it did nothing for this corrupt election.
    I still can’t understand, how a judge can say there is no evidence of fraud, when the evidence was never allowed to be presented. Makes NO common sense what so ever!

  12. it is a sad day when you can say we are witnessing communism spread across this country like wildfire ,I for one am waiting to see when patriotic americans finally fight back,we have corruption in the DOJ,FBI, CIA ,previous Obama Admin, congress ,senate and just about everywhere in DC ,FIX our Government now before it is too late ,which I believe it is, I will help fight communism until I take my final breath. Paul the Jarhead 79-82

  13. This will move the so called election process, to a Democrat selection process. The peoples choice will be eliminated.

    1. I live in California the communist controlled gulag and the country is headed toward that fate. They used to say as California goes so goes the country.
      I can’t believe the people are so stupid to elect Red China Joe- has to be FRAUD. The people are so stupid in this state to elect what I call “defacto”communist government

  14. If they want to eliminate the Electoral College, for a popular vote(mob rule), they should then raise the voting age to 50. That might be a good balance, should that happen.

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