Durbin is hoping to get more states on board with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which needs enough participating states to equal 270 electoral votes to go into effect. It works around the electoral college by using the state’s right to select electors however they choose.
Illinois, California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have signed on to the compact, representing 165 electoral votes.
“Twice in recent memory, a majority of American voters cast their vote for the losing presidential candidate. This is certainly not what the Founders intended. It’s time to retire this 18th century invention that disenfranchises millions of Americans,” Durbin said in a statement Wednesday. “The American people deserve to choose all of their leaders, and I will continue to support efforts to empower voters.”
“We face an uphill battle in Congress, but states have the power to act now by adopting the Compact and committing their electors to the candidate chosen by the voters.”
Amending the Constitution to scrap the electoral college would require the support of three-quarters of state legislatures and two-thirds of the House and Senate.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact “would be an end run around the electoral college as opposed to abolishing it,” Pepperdine University law professor Derek Muller told PolitiFact. “There are still 538 electors who are still going to meet late December — the electoral college still exists — but it would be operating in a very different way.”
Does anyone here know a Constitutional lawyer, or maybe you are one yourself? Dead serious. I’d like to inquire about how to challenge this in the Supreme Court because it is unconstitutional.