Sanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College

Democratic presidential prospect Sen. (I-Vt.) on Thursday night said he favored getting rid of the Electoral College. 

Sanders was pressed on the dilemma at a presidential city hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). 

“It is difficult to defend a procedure in which we have a president who misplaced the well-liked vote by three million votes, so the remedy is yes,” he reported.

Sanders had earlier generated pretty comparable remarks, but stopped short of contacting for abolishing the voting general physique.

“Presidential elections simply cannot be fought out in just a dozen ‘battleground’ states,” he instructed The Washington Publish. “I feel that we will need to reexamine the principle of the Electoral College or university.”

A assortment of other Democratic presidential hopefuls collectively with Sens. (D-Mass.), (D-N.J.) and (D-N.Y.), as nicely as South Bend, Ind., Mayor (D) have also recognized as to eradicate the Electoral School or university.

And a modern day NBC News–Wall Street Journal survey recognized that a better element of voters claims the Electoral School method have to have to be abandoned in favor of a countrywide typical vote.

The drive to contemplate relocating to a countrywide nicely regarded vote arrives as different Democratic states in latest decades have entered into the Nationwide Properly-regarded Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement that would efficiently bypass the Electoral School or university if additional than sufficient states be a element of. 

The Electoral School or university has confronted renewed scrutiny from the left just following 2016 Democratic nominee shed the presidential election irrespective of effective the nationwide nicely-liked vote by just beneath three million votes. acquired the Electoral School, nonetheless, by a margin of 304 to 227.

Former President George W. Bush similarly missing the nicely-liked vote in 2000, but acquired in the Electoral College with 271 votes to Democratic applicant ‘s 266.

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