“The Electoral College, 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”
By Jake Johnson
Rep. Jamie Raskin, soon to be the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Sunday that the Electoral College is a “danger” to U.S. democracy and should be abandoned in favor of presidential elections decided by the popular vote.
“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,” Raskin (D-Md.) said in an appearance on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “It was a danger on January 6. There are so many curving byways and nooks and crannies in the Electoral College that there are opportunities for a lot of strategic mischief.”
“We should elect the president the way we elect governors, senators, mayors, representatives, everybody else: Whoever gets the most votes wins,” added Raskin, who served on the House select committee that investigated the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Axiosreported earlier this year that some members of the January 6 panel wanted “big changes on voting rights—and even to abolish the Electoral College—while others are resisting proposals to overhaul the U.S. election system.”
In its final report, the House committee stopped short of calling for the abolition of the Electoral College, something progressives have demanded for years.