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19-HJR7 on Jan 3, 2019

Resolution: the Joint Resolution on abolishing Electoral College
Source: Resolution H.J.Res.7 for Constitutional Amendment
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President.
  • Whereas the Founders of the Nation established the electoral college in an era of limited nationwide communication and information sharing;
  • Whereas the electoral college is premised on an antiquated theory that citizens will have a better chance of knowing about electors from their home States than about Presidential candidates from out of State;
  • Whereas the development of mass media and the Internet has made information about Presidential candidates easily accessible to citizens across the country and around the world;
  • Whereas the electoral college has become an anachronism: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved that the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution, which shall be valid when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4 of the States within seven years:
  • The President and Vice President shall be elected by the people of the several States;
  • The pair of candidates having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President shall be elected

    Opponents' viewpoint by Washington Times 3/28/19: The Founding Fathers dreamed up a way to elect a president by overriding the popular will, and some people want to fix something that ain't broke. The Founders were not at all confident that voters would pay sufficient attention to the job at hand, studying the men and issues to come to a correct evaluation of the candidates. The genius of the Electoral College is that it guarantees that the states' electors elect the president, as instructed by the people. Without this guarantee, a presidential candidate would spend all his time in CA, TX, and FL, with only grudging nods to the states of flyover country. The guarantee of attention to both large and small states enforces federalism, the sharing of powers between the central government and the states.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Government Reform
    • Headline: Replace electoral college with direct election of president (Score: 2)
    • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to abolish the electoral college (Score: 2)
    • Headline 3: blank

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    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 19-HJR7

    Julia Brownley s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Steve Cohen s2pTennessee Democrat 
    Jim Cooper s1oTennessee Democrat 
    Peter Defazio s1oOregon DemocratMar 13, 2019
    Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorApr 2, 2019
    Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 25, 2019
    Adriano Espaillat s1oNew York DemocratJan 11, 2019
    Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorApr 2, 2019
    John Garamendi s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratApr 2, 2019
    Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratMay 14, 2019
    Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 13, 2019
    Seth Moulton s1oMA Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6Oct 15, 2019
    Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratSep 12, 2019
    Brian Schatz s2pHI Democratic Jr SenatorApr 2, 2019

    Republicans participating in 19-HJR7

    Independents participating in 19-HJR7

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 15
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 0

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