The Democratic presidential candidate wants the electoral college abolished after the
Elizabeth Warren said she wants to be last president elected by electoral college
Only five times in American history has a candidate won the popular vote but lost the presidency, including the 2000 election where Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush took the electoral college.
‘I want to get rid of it,’ Warren said of the electoral college in a video posted on her Twitter feed.
‘So here’s my goal. My goal is to get elected and then be the last American president elected by the electoral college. I want the second term to be that I got elected by direct vote,’ she said. ‘Call me old fashioned but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.’
The founding fathers established the electoral college as a a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president.
Every state determines how it will pick its electors, which is equal to its representation in Congress.
As for which candidate wins the electors, all but two states are winner-take-all: meaning whoever won the most votes in the state wins all of that state’s electors.
Democrats were outraged in 2016 when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump won the White House with his electoral college win
In the 2000 election, Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the White House and the electoral college
But changing the way Americans elect their president would take a Constitutional amendment, which would require the votes of two-thirds of the U.S. House of Representatives, two-thirds of the Senate, and three-fourths of the states.
That is a long process and could take years.
Trump had previously supported abolishing the electoral college but changed his mind after the 2016 election where Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, but Trump received 304 electoral votes.
An NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll taken in May found 53 per cent of Americans want the electoral college abolished.