Democrats introduce amendment to abolish the electoral college

On the first day of the new Congress, Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, introduced two amendments to the United States Constitution. The first would abolish the Electoral College and the second limits presidential pardon powers.

Cohen released a press release about the amendments on his web site.

“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College. Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office. More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”

“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff.  This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”

Reactions were mixed, but pretty much in line with either party’s views on the matter.


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