Al Gore: End the Electoral College
Former Vice President Al Gore said on Tuesday that the United States should get rid of the Electoral College system.
The Hill reports:
Gore said even he continued to support the Electoral College after 2000, when as the Democratic presidential nominee he won the popular vote in the presidential election but lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush.
“I have changed my view on that. I do think that it should be eliminated,” Gore said Tuesday, according to NBC News.
“I think moving to a popular vote system is not without peril, is not without problems, it’s not a simple one choice is all good, the other is all bad. It’s a balancing act. But I think the balance has shifted, in my mind at least, and I think that we should go to a popular vote.”
Gore said changing the system to one based on the popular vote would “stimulate public participation in the democratic process like nothing else we could possibly do.”
President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College this year, even though Clinton got more than 2 million more votes overall.
“Our democracy’s been hacked now. It’s pathetic how our system is not working today,” Gore said.
“And I think that moving to a popular vote for president would be one of the initiatives, getting money out of the process, which is another difficult challenge, but if we could do three or four things that could bring our democracy back to life and help us to make good decisions again.”
In 2012, Gore made similar comments about his views on the Electoral College, saying that many voters who live outside the battleground states are cheated by the system.
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