Cohen proposes constitutional amendment for popular election of president

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis filed a constitutional amendment Thursday that calls for eliminating the electoral college and allowing for direct election of the president and vice president, reports Michael Collins.

The congressman’s amendment comes as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote in last month’s presidential election topped 2.5 million. Clinton lost the electoral college – and the presidency – to Republican Donald Trump.

“For the second time in recent memory, and for the fifth time in our history, we have a President-elect, who lost the popular vote,” said Cohen, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

“The Electoral College is an antiquated system that was established to prevent citizens from directly electing our nation’s president, yet that notion is antithetical to our understanding of democracy,” Cohen said. “In our country, ‘We the People’ are supposed to determine who represents us in elective office.”

The legislation is unlikely to gain any traction in the Republican-controlled Congress. It would need two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate and would then have to be ratified by 38 of the 50 states.

One Response to Cohen proposes constitutional amendment for popular election of president

  • Chad H says:

    Rep. Cohen needs to understand that the United States is not a Democracy. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner. We are a representative republic. NYC, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and LA should not determine who the president is in every election. The majority of the states, and the majority of the counties in those states voted for Trump. I realize that people who don’t believe in the Electoral College see the middle part of the country as “fly over” territory, but the fact is, that’s America too. Someone who farms for a living should have just as much representation as any minority group the liberals are so fond of parading around and pandering to.

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