Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has vowed to do away with the electoral college if she’s elected, and is actually already suggesting that she’s be elected by direct vote for a second term.
Warren said, “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. Call me old fashioned but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.”
I don’t know what in the world she means by old fashioned because the electoral college was in place years before George Washington was ever even elected president, so I don’t know what she’s even referring to.
That may come as a surprise to some is that the reason the electoral college was created before Washington was president, is because there were presidents before Washington. However, those presidents preceding Washington were not elected under the U.S. Constitution so the office was a little different. But that’s all another story.
Warren may talk a big talk, but there is nearly zero possibility that she could do anything to eliminate the electoral college, because the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver recently shut down the idea ruling that it would actually violate the Constitution
The Washington Times reported,
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in 2016 when he removed an elector and nullified his vote when the elector refused to cast his ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote.
It was not immediately clear what effect the ruling might have on the Electoral College system, which is established in the Constitution. Voters in each state choose members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to a presidential candidate. The electors then choose the president.
Most states require electors to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in that state, but the Denver appeals court said the states do not have that authority.
This almost entirely destroys any hope of moving to the popular voting option.
The only hope of eliminating the Electoral College is removing it from the Constitution altogether. For that to happen, there must first be a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Then there must also be a three-fourths majority vote in the states as well. That means that 38 states out of 50 must vote in favor as well.
My goal is to get elected—but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote. pic.twitter.com/a2Lj2a9F0F
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 2, 2019