Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., wants to eliminate the Electoral College. In recent months, she’s been pressing the issue on social media. She’s called the constitutional system a “scam” and called the Electoral College a racist system.
Eliminating it would mean a complete remake of the United States election process — and it’s almost completely impossible to do.
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The U.S. Constitution simply won’t allow it, and amending it is extremely difficult.
In fact, even liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says that a plan to eliminate the Electoral College is “more theoretical than real.”
“It’s largely a dream because our Constitution is … hard to amend,” Ginsburg said during a recent interview at the University of Chicago. “I know that from experience.”
Ocasio-Cortez has led the charge to amend the constitution in favor of the Democrats. Following her lead, almost every major 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has called for the removal of the Electoral College and moving to a popular vote.
On social media, Ocasio-Cortez recently mocked rural America and joked that the so-called “flyover states” were too deserted to matter. “Many votes here, as you can see,” she sarcastically quipped while driving along a highway in a sparsely populated area.
She went on to claim the Electoral College was a racist system.
“Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as apposed to a ‘one person, one vote’ system where all our votes are counted equally,” she said.
“Could you image if we had this kind democracy-altering ‘fairness’ provision for literally any other group?” she asked. “If we weighed, for example, black and indigenous voters more because of unfairness?”
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“Facts are facts America,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The Electoral College has to go.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-T.X., weighed in on her plan to abolish the constitutional system on Twitter —
Abolishing the electoral college means that politicians will only campaign in (and listen to) urban areas. That is not a representative democracy.
We live in a republic, which means 51% of the population doesn’t get to boss around the other 49%. https://t.co/eZilBsVhyP
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 24, 2019