Abolish the Electoral College

In two of our last five elections, the candidate who won the popular vote lost the election.  This rejection of the will of the people is a serious threat to our democracy.

The Electoral College was originally designed to have people deemed more knowledgeable and informed than the average person (“electors” chosen by state legislatures) elect the president.  Over time the system evolved and now the popular vote in each state determines which slate of electors will cast votes for the election of our president and vice-president.  This system is deeply flawed.

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 (TN).  As of February 13, 2018, it had 5 cosponsors.

Such an amendment to the Constitution could be made even more powerful by adding a provision for ranked-choice voting.