Elizabeth Warren calls for abolishing electoral collegePosted by Josh Taylor / March 20, 2019
In December, Elizabeth Warren launched an exploratory committee for seeking the Democratic National Committee’s nomination for president of the United States. The pool of Democrats aiming for the nomination is already very crowded and very competitive. Beto O’Rourke learned that the hard way recently––there is no room for gaffs. Warren has thus far avoided embarrassing herself, and has even made some positive headlines. But she recently had her best moment yet at a CNN town hall:
To be clear, Warren supports a constitutional amendment that will protect the right to vote for every citizen, essentially nullifying laws that prevent felons from voting. Part of that amendment, it seems, will be the abolition of the electoral college. That would mean that individual votes would be counted directly towards the presidential election rather than towards electors who would then cast their vote for president. In theory, this would mean that presidential candidates have to focus on every state, not just swing states.
There has been a lot of complaints about the electoral college in the past several elections. Are those complains justified? Bloomberg points out that no single party has consistently benefitted from the electoral college. Vox points out that abolishing it is likely impossible. CNN suggests that electoral reform needs to be nuanced.