Target: Senator Barbara Boxer of California
Goal: Support abolishing the antiquated Electoral College system, and commit to contacting senators on behalf of this cause.
Senator Barbara Boxer of California, who will be retiring at the end of this term, has introduced one final major bill seeking to scrap the Electoral College system. Boxer calls the college an “outdated, undemocradic system that does not reflect our modern society,” adding that “every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts.”
The Electoral College was established by the Constitution as a compromise between a popular vote and a vote in Congress to elect the president. Essentially, each presidential candidate has a group of electors in each state (including the District of Columbia, with three electoral votes), though selection process and actual responsibility of electors vary by state. In some cases, there are no ramifications for electors voting differently than the way they were pledged by their constituents. Additionally, the winner-take-all system of the electoral college (with the notable exceptions of Maine and Nevada, which divide their electoral votes proportionally), means that minority voters within states are silenced and may justly feel there is no reason for them to vote at all.
This system is the reason George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in 2000, and it is the reason Donald Trump is our current president-elect. Hillary Clinton now leads the popular vote by over 1 million votes, making her the winningest loser in American history, but this will have no effect on the outcome of the election. Regardless of political leanings, many agree that the Electoral College is an outdated and unjust system, and that a direct popular vote would be preferable. Trump himself has criticized the Electoral College system, and in a recent 60 Minutes interview claimed he would not change his mind about it just because it brought him to victory. Trump stated, “I would rather see it where you went with simple votes.”
Sign this petition to support scrapping the Electoral College, in favor of giving every American citizen an equal vote. To help the bill succeed in the Senate, also contact your senators and provide a link to this petition.
Dear Senator Boxer,
I am writing to express my support for your latest bill calling for the abolition of the Electoral College System. I believe that the Electoral College is antiquated, unjust, and does not succeed in reflecting the values of the American people. A direct, democratic popular vote would be a much better way to elect the president of the United States.
By signing this petition, I show support for this bill, and commit to contacting my senators on the bill’s behalf. As it would require an amendment to the Constitution, this measure would also need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years of its passage. I pledge my continued support of this bill in my state, and hope to see it go into effect within my lifetime.
[Your Name Here]
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