Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) this week said that she intended to abolish the Electoral College because it was a “system where the winner can lose.”
“The presidency is the only office in America where the candidate who wins the most votes can still lose the election,” Boxer explained during a speech on Wednesday from the Senate floor. “Right now, Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is 2.3 million votes. It is expected that she’ll win by more than 2.7 million votes.”
Boxer reminded her Republican colleagues that Donald Trump a “disaster for a democracy” in 2012. Under the system, candidates must win enough states to obtain 270 electoral votes, which gives more power to voters in swing states.
“Political science experts agree that too many Americans feel their vote doesn’t count,” she said.
“Senator Boxer’s legislation would amend the Constitution of the United States and abolish the Electoral College,” a statement on her website noted. “The amendment would take effect when ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years after its passage in the U.S. Congress.”
“It is really hard to pass a constitutional amendment, I’m not naïve about it,” she admitted on Tuesday. “The American people can help. I would ask them to call their senators and members of Congress.”
Boxer pointed out that Americans had sacrificed their lives for Democracy “and yet we have a system where the winner can lose.”
“We owe it to them to make sure the vote of someone in my state is worth the same as someone in a swing state,” the California Democrat insisted. “We owe it to every Republican voter and every Democratic voter and every independent voter, every Green Party voter — whatever the party — to have that vote count.”
“One person, one vote, that’s the corner stone of Democracy,” she added. “Why not do the simple thing and the right thing and the just thing and make sure that the winner of the popular vote is sworn in as our president?”
Watch Boxer’s speech below.