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Sanders: Change the Electoral College

Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the Electoral College to be changed on Monday.

The Hill reports:

Sanders noted Clinton’s lead over president-elect Donald Trump in the nationwide popular vote in arguing that the 200-year-old system should be changed.

He said such a result was not democratic, strongly suggesting that the Electoral College should not be used to decide the winner of the presidential election.

“Trump received 2.5 million fewer votes than Clinton, yet he’ll soon be president. Clearly, in a democratic society, this shouldn’t happen,” he tweeted.

Sanders has previously called for a thorough look into the Electoral College process.

Last month, Sanders called the system “on the surface a little bit weird,” because the losing nominee was more than 2 million votes ahead of the president-elect. He said the system was “unfair” to many states.

“And then what ends up happening is campaigns are basically about 16, 17 states, battleground states, in this country, and I think that’s unfair to the other 30-plus states that would also like to be part of the political process,” Sanders said in a November interview with CNN.

As of about an hour before the former Democratic presidential candidate posted his tweets, 268 electoral votes had been cast for Trump, and 160 for Hillary Clinton.

The final anticipated electoral vote count from Election Day were 306 for Trump and 232 for Clinton.

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