Abolish the Electoral College

The Electoral College was originally intended to have the president and vice-president elected by individuals who were more knowledgeable than the common citizen regarding the qualifications of the candidates for those high offices.  The electors were chosen by voters in each state, making the president and vice-president the choice of the states, not of the citizenry as a whole.

Over time, as we evolved into “one nation – indivisible” we have come to think of the president as the choice of the people, not the states.  The system has also evolved into an imperfect system where electors are considered to be committed to a given candidate, not as free to choose themselves, based on their own judgment.

Five times in our nation’s history, including in two of the past five elections, the candidate who won the popular vote was denied election by the Electoral College.  This seems patently unjust.

House Joint Resolution 19, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States, has been introduced by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-9).  As of March 18, 2018, it has five cosponsors.

We favor amending HJ Res 19 to incorporate the utilization of ranked-choice voting.  This would ensure that a majority of the citizens casting ballots would have voted FOR the person being elected as our president, even if that candidate was not their first choice.