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Rutgers professor: It’s time to abolish or change the Electoral College

It is a topic that comes up every presidential election – should the United States get rid of the Electoral College? A Rutgers University professor says yes and is pushing for the practice to end.

News 12 Staff

Nov 5, 2020, 3:46 AM

Updated 1,322 days ago

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It is a topic that comes up every presidential election – should the United States get rid of the Electoral College? A Rutgers University professor says yes and is pushing for the practice to end.
Under America’s current system, electoral votes – not the popular vote – determine who wins the presidency. A candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes to claim victory. This could mean that a candidate who wins the popular vote may not win the election.
Professor Andrew Shankman says that it has happened twice since 2000.
“If it continues to place pressure on the system, it does suggest more people will see the process as not one that is credible,” Shankman says.
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As of Wednesday evening, Joe Biden has recorded over 71 million votes – the most votes cast for any presidential candidate. But he has not yet been declared the winner.
But to remove the Electoral College is not an easy task. A constitutional amendment would be needed. Or states could pass laws that would have them deliver electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote, no matter the state vote.
Shankman suggests that there could be another way – increase the members of the House of Representatives by another 300 to reflect today’s population of 330 million.
“The more representatives you have, the more electoral votes you’d have. Those would go to states with more population,” Shankman says.
He says that in that way, the candidate with more votes would win the election.


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