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Nelson: Absolish Electoral College



As the Congress was ratifying the results of the Electoral College today, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was filing legislation to abolish it.

Scratching a long-time itch, Nelson filed a bill seeking a constitutional amendment to do away with the college, which chooses the U.S. president based on vote tallies within individual states. (For the record, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama prevailed over Arizona Sen. John McCain, 365 to 173. But you knew that.)

Nelson, a vocal if somewhat quixiotic advocate for election reform, said the Electoral College is archaic and the president should be chosen via popular vote.

"It’s only been a few times in our history, most recently in the 2000 election, that the candidate who lost the popular vote won the Electoral College and became president, but that shouldn’t be allowed to happen again,” Nelson said. “We need to honor the concept of one person, one vote.”

Prospects for the measure, which would need ratification of two-thirds of the U.S. states, are dim.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:12pm]


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