Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday called for abolishing the Electoral College as part of an effort to expand voting rights, making her one of the first Democrats running for president in 2020 to propose such a radical shift in how U.S. presidents are elected.
In a CNN town hall in Jackson, Miss., the Massachusetts Democrat noted that deep-red states like Mississippi and deep-blue states like California are rarely visited by presidential candidates during general elections because of an overwhelming focus on the swing states with the most Electoral College votes.
“We need to make sure that every vote counts. And you know, I want to push that right here in Mississippi. Because I think this is an important point,” she said. “My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
Proposals to eliminate the Electoral College have gained steam in the years since President Donald Trump’s 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton; Clinton bested Trump in the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes but lost the Electoral College by a wide margin thanks to close defeats in a handful of key states.