Ditch Electoral College, says former Vice-President Al Gore

By R. Siva Kumar Nov 30, 2016 11:42 PM EST
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Electoral history of Al Gore.

Al Gore was one man who won the popular vote but lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000. He told NBC News that he no longer holds the same opinion on how America picks its leaders.

He added that the U.S. should kill the Electoral College and settle for the presidential elections by popular vote.

Although he supported the Electoral College after losing the Presidency to George W. Bush in 2000, even though he won the popular vote, he now holds a different viewpoint. 

"After the Supreme Court decision in 2000, I continued to support the Electoral College because the original purpose was to tie the states together," Gore said at an event in Washington, D.C. "I have changed my view on that. I do think that it should be eliminated."

"I think moving to a popular vote system is not without peril, is not without problems," he said. "But I think the balance has shifted, in my mind at least, and I think that we should go to a popular vote."

Getting rid of voting through Electoral College would "stimulate public participation" like no other election reform. He added that it is "pathetic how our system is not working today."

In the last count, Hillary Clinton's voting had gone up by about 2 million votes over President-elect Donald Trump.

The anti-Trump forces, mostly the Democrats, are trying to persuade 37 Republican electors to vote for another candidate other than Trump on Dec. 19. The target is to challenge the laws in the 29 states that call for electors to back their party candidate.

 

 

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