Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish the electoral college

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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish the electoral college

Erik Hultgren, Senior Reporter

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On February 9, 2019, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren formally announced her candidacy for president in the 2020 election.

The Oklahoma born progressive leader has never been one to stray away from bold positions. Just over a month after beginning her campaign she has been garnering attention for her view on the controversial topic of America’s electoral college.

Responding to a question regarding voter disenfranchisement, Warren stated “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted… We need to put some federal muscle behind that, and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there.”

America has experienced its share of turbulence throughout recent elections, much of which has been attributed to dissatisfaction with the way votes are counted and valued.

With the existence of the electoral college, not everyone’s vote registers the same impact. One twitter user, Sergio Siano tweeted, for example, “California has 55 electoral votes. Its population is 40 million. 1 electoral vote represents 727,272 people. Wyoming has 3 electoral votes. Its population is 573,720 (people). 1 electoral vote represents 191,240 people. Wyoming residents have 3.8x (times) the voting power of Californians.”

Statements based on facts like these summarize the argument to get rid of the electoral college, which was ignited after the 2016 presidential election in which Hillary Clinton lost out to Donald Trump despite receiving 2.1% more of the popular vote.

Since then idea of getting rid of the electoral college has been supported by many left-leaning politicians, as well as their constituents.

While Warren is not the first candidate to voice their opinion on the issue, she may be the most prominent.

As one of the most popular choices to emerge from the Democratic National Committee come 2020, Warren’s views on issues like the electoral college could greatly influence her appeal to America’s largest political party.

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