Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Warren Calls for Getting Rid of Electoral College

Warren Calls for Getting Rid of Electoral College

But Warren's comments Monday during a MS town hall broadcast on CNN represent her most straightforward endorsement of an end to the electoral college system.

The announcement from Warren, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, came during an hour-long town hall at Mississippi's Jackson State University and amid a wave of (blue-leaning) state action to do the same. "And that means get rid of the electoral college and everybody counts", Warren said, eliciting some of the most enthusiastic applause of the night.

"We need to make sure that every vote counts", she said, before going on to say in presidential election years, candidates ignore states like MS, as well as blue states like California and MA, because they're not battleground states.

The electoral process, she said, effectively disenfranchises voters in states dominated by one party.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren supports a new flag for MS, which is the only state to have Confederate imagery on it.

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"I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote", Warren added.

Warren did not elaborate which "voter suppression" laws need repeal, nor did she explain her reasoning behind the call for another constitutional amendment related to voting. "Better to have proportional electoral college votes in each state so you campaign everywhere", he wrote.

Under the Constitution, states have the power to determine how they award their electoral votes in national elections.

Last week, Colorado joined 11 other states and the District of Columbia in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a pledge that promised the states' electoral votes would go to whichever candidate won the popular vote. George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in 2000, while Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton in 2016. Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, New York, Illinois and California are all onboard, with New Mexico considering the bill, The Washington Post reported. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting. The bill now has 181 electoral votes from the states that have signed on.

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