Clinton leads by 1 million in popular vote count, leading to calls for abolishing Electoral College

WASHINGTON, U.S. - It is possible to win the majority and still lose an election. Today, as Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead over Donald Trump surpasses 1 million - roughly twice ...


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WASHINGTON, U.S. - It is possible to win the majority and still lose an election.

Today, as Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead over Donald Trump surpasses 1 million - roughly twice Al Gore’s lead over George W. Bush in 2000  general views about the Electoral College have become more conflicted, with renewed calls in some corners to abolish the Electoral College.

Trump's secured the presidency with 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton's 232, with only Michigan still to be called by The Associated Press. 

Clinton’s vote total is a historic achievement. 

Clinton now has the third highest number of votes of any presidential candidate in U.S. history

It is therefore not surprising that Democrats, in particular are incensed, given that two of the last three presidents (well, one president and one president-elect) lost the popular vote. That makes this constitutional kink harder to ignore.

Change.org petition, now signed by more than 4.3 million people, is encouraging members of the Electoral College to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton when the college meets on December 19. 

The petition argues that Donald Trump is “unfit to serve” and that “Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.”

A particularly incensed Clinton supporter in Los Angeles is suing the 538 members of the Electoral College in a last-ditch effort to prevent Trump from taking office, court papers show.

John S. Birke, a Los Angeles attorney, filed the federal complaint on Monday, alleging that the electors’ votes for Trump are poised to violate the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the “fundamental principle of ‘one person, one vote.”

Technically the chosen electors for each state could vote against their state majorities and change the outcome of the race.

The chances of that actually happening are slim to none, but some of those still upset over the election of Donald Trump, say a sliver of hope is better than nothing.

Members of the Electoral College who are chosen by the political parties in their state will vote at their state’s capital. 

For example, California has 55 electors. That’s based on the state's representation in Congress – and while they pledge to vote for the candidate who won the state’s majority, they don’t have to. In some states, that would earn you a fine – or even a misdemeanor charge. In others – there’s no penalty at all.

Calls for abolishing Electoral College in wake of Trump win

Retiring Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer filed a legislation on Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College that has propelled the business tycoon into the White House.

Noting that Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump but still lost the election, Boxer said it is time to do away with an "outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society."

Interestingly, Trump himself tweeted in 2012 that the Electoral College "is a disaster for Democracy."

"I couldn't agree more," Sen. Boxer said on Tuesday. "One person, one vote!"

But on Monday, Trump was singing a different tune.

Clearly not happy about the reality that a majority of Americans cast their ballot for his opponent, the president-elect took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

"If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily."

"The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play," he posted. "Campaigning is much different!" 

Ironically just a day earlier, in an interview with CBS "60 Minutes," Trump complained about the Electoral College system, saying that he preferred the popular vote method.

Protests continue over Trump election

Although the campaign is over, protestors are pushing for one last ditch effort to reverse the outcome of the election, and that is to persuade the Electoral College to go against their state’s mandate of voting for Trump, and to vote in Clinton instead.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Washington ditched school on Tuesday to protest against the election result, marching through the heart of the U.S. capital before descending on the White House.

High school students also demonstrated in New York on Tuesday morning outside Trump Tower, protesting in the pouring rain as the president-elect huddled inside with vice president-elect Mike Pence to nail down cabinet appointments.

Other cities also witnessed protests with people still unable to accept the shock result.

 

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