Reid Open to Reviewing Electoral College
Harry Reid said on Wednesday that he is open to reviewing the Electoral College.
“I think it would be educational for the country to have some hearings on the Electoral College,” he told reporters Wednesday. “I think that’s something we should look at.”
The Hill reports:
Reid’s comments come after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) filed a bill Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College.
If Congress agreed to amend the Constitution to do away with the Electoral College, three-fourths of the states would still need to approve the change within seven years for it to take effect.
Clinton is currently leading President-elect Donald Trump by more than 1 million votes, according to a Cook Political Report tracker of the national popular vote, but Trump won the Electoral College, leading the former secretary of State 290-232.
According to Pew, Clinton would be the fifth candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, with the most recent being Al Gore in 2000.
Trump called the Electoral College “genius” on Tuesday morning, despite past criticism.
But during a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, Trump said he still has issues with the system.
“I’m not going to change my mind just because I won,” the president-elect said. “But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win.”
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