Democrat primary challenger Sen. Elizabeth Warren has now announced that she wants to see the electoral college overturned after the 2020 election and before her first term ends.
“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,” Warren said.
“I want to get rid of it,” she said. “I just think this is how a democracy should work. Call me old fashioned, but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.”
In a video posted Sunday night, 2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she will get rid of the Electoral College during her first term.
“My goal is to get elected, and then to be the last American president elected by the Electoral College,” Warren told her supporters. “I want the second term to be that I got elected by direct vote.” She quickly corrected it to popular vote instead of direct vote.
“I just think this is how a democracy should work,” the candidate explained. “Call me old-fashioned, but I think the person who gets the most votes should win.”
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
The Electoral College system is now designed so that the president is chosen by groups of electors from every state. The state’s vote is equal to the number of House members and two senators. The reasoning for this was to give populous states equal footing to less populous states.
This means as it did in 2016 that a candidate can win the popular vote without winning enough votes to get a majority of state delegates to win the presidency. Al Gore lost in 2000 to George W. Bush, which began calls to throw out the electoral college.
Warren is not the first person to call for the abolition of the Electoral College but her calls for it now seem suspicious.
Democrats have pushed in several states to end the popular vote state-by-state. Recently, New Mexico was the 14th state to join the effort of giving delegates to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote.