Warren Calls for Fundamental Change to American Voting

2020 candidate says it's time to abolish the electoral college
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 8:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren conducted a town hall meeting in Mississippi on Monday night, and one big takeaway is her call to eliminate the Electoral College. The Massachusetts senator complained that candidates often skip states such as Mississippi, her own home state, and larger ones such as California because they're not battleground states. "My view is that every vote matters," she said, per USA Today. "And the way we can make that happen is we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College." The line drew big applause.

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Warren isn't the only 2020 candidate suggesting the idea. Bernie Sanders thinks the system should at least be reassessed, and long-shot candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also has called for its abolition, reports the Hill. During the forum, Warren also expressed support for the idea of Medicare-for-all, though she said "a lot of different pathways" need to be explored on that, per CNN. She also briefly addressed the controversy over her claims of Native American ancestry, saying she had initially repeated what she "learned about my family from my family." Both CNN and USA Today have more key points from the forum. (This op-ed also made the case to ditch the electoral college.)

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