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Congressional Democrats Call For Amendment To Abolish Electoral College

Donald Trump is now the second presidential candidate in sixteen years to lose the popular vote and win the White House. Houston Congressman Gene Green wants to amend the Constitution to keep that from happening again.

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A member of Congress from Houston says Donald Trump's winning the Electoral College but losing the popular vote means it's time to overhaul the system.

Congressional Democrats have sponsored a total of four resolutions, calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. Congressman Gene Green's measure has the most support. He spoke about his resolution on Houston Matters.

"We used to have state legislators select our U.S. senators," Green said. "That was changed in 1913. If we can trust the people to elect members of the House, members of the Senate, why shouldn't we have a majority vote for the President of the United States?"

Green has been here before. He sponsored a similar effort in 2000, after George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore but won the electoral vote. Then as now, Green faced a Republican majority in Congress. His previous resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and went nowhere. He's expecting the same result this time.

"We probably won't get a hearing on it because they haven't felt that issue that they're disenfranchising their own voters," Green said.

The Electoral College and popular vote have split four times in the history of the modern two-party system, and all four times, Republicans won the presidency.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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