Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, expressed concern about the “risk” that the Electoral College poses to democracy during an appearance on the CBS program “Face The Nation” on Sunday.
Raskin, a committee member that was established on January 6 and which issued its final report on Thursday, stated to Margaret Brennan that the Electoral College has not sided with the results of the popular vote in the presidential election on a number of occasions. He later referenced other countries that haven’t tuned into its concept. The report was released on Thursday.
The Democrat from Maryland stated, “I think that the Electoral College now, which has given us five popular vote losers as president in our history, twice in this century alone, has become a danger – not just to democracy but to the American people.” “I think that the Electoral College now has given us five popular vote losers as president in our history, twice in this century alone.”
“It was a danger on January 6; the Electoral College has so many winding byways and nooks and crannies that there are opportunities for many strategic mischiefs,” he continued. “There are so many curving byways, nooks, and crannies in the Electoral College that there are opportunities for many strategic mischiefs.” We should elect the president in the same manner as we elect governors, senators, mayors, representatives, and everyone else: the candidate with the most votes should be declared the winner.
Raskin’s statements were made after the United States Congress passed an amendment to the Electoral Count Act on Friday. The amendment’s purpose was to clarify that the Vice President only plays a ceremonial role in certifying the Electoral College’s vote. The reform also makes it more difficult for legislators to challenge the decisions made by voters in a state.
In a later conversation with Brennan, Raskin expressed his belief that the proposed reform “doesn’t solve the core problem” with the Electoral College. “I’m for that, and it’s the absolute bare minimum that we can do and the bare minimum that we must do. Raskin stated that although it is required, it is in no way even close to being sufficient.
“You know, every year we spend hundreds of millions of dollars promoting American democracy to other countries, and the one thing that those other countries never come back to us with is the concept that ‘Oh, that Electoral College that you have, that’s so amazing, we think we’ll adopt that, too.'”
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