Gore: U.S. Could Switch to Popular Vote Elections
The Electoral College may be phased out in the next decade, with Presidential elections only being decided by the popular vote.
The Hill reports:
Al Gore believes the U.S. will switch to popular vote elections within the next decade.
The former vice president, who won the popular vote during his 2000 presidential bid but lost the Electoral College tally to George W. Bush, has advocated for the change as a way to better democracy.
“I do think we could have a chance to really increase participation in our democracy if we went to a popular vote,” Gore said Monday evening on MSNBC.
Such a change could “bring our democracy back to life,” he said, alongside getting money out of politics and fixing redistricting.
The debate over the Electoral College has been reignited after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump, despite winning the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes.
The latest numbers from the Associated Press showed Clinton with more than 65 million votes.
New popular vote numbers from @AP:
Clinton 65,383,628 (48.2%)
Trump 62,759,366 (46.3%)
Johnson 4,470,971 (3.3%)
Stein 1,439,297 (1.1%)
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) December 5, 2016
A switch to the popular vote would require a constitutional amendment, which requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and support from three-fourths of state legislatures.
But, Gore said, an effort known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is gaining steam and he thinks it could lead to the end of the Electoral College within the next decade.
The compact is an agreement among several U.S. States to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote.
Currently, only 10 states and the District of Columbia have signed on. The compact would only take effect when states totaling 270 electoral votes have signed on, though it could face legal challenges.
“Constitutional amendments are very tough, but there is this interstate compact movement that begin in California that is another way to accomplish the same result,” Gore said.
“It could take a little time but I would be surprised if we did not shift to popular vote in the next decade.”
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