U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer announces bill to abolish the Electoral College

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) — U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that she will introduce legislation to abolish the Electoral College.

The legislation — expected to be presented during Tuesday’s Senate session — calls for an amendment to the Constitution that would determine the winner of presidential election based on the popular vote rather than the Electoral College.

The proposal of the bill comes exactly one week after Donald Trump won the presidency by gaining more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton. Trump received 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, but Clinton held a lead of more than 776,000 popular votes Tuesday.

The California senator says the Electoral College is outdated and undemocratic.

“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” Sen. Boxer said in a statement. “This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency. The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.”

In 2012, Donald Trump might have agreed with her:

But Tuesday morning, the Presdient-elect tweeted about the genius of the Electoral College:

Passage of the bill is a longshot, though. The bill would need to clear the senate and the house and then be affirmed by three-fourths of the states within seven years of its passage to become an amendment to the Constitution. 

Five presidents have lost the popular vote but have won the election by receiving the most electoral votes, including the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams in 1824 and George W. Bush in 2000. 

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