LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Tuesday introduced a bill that would amend the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College system and determine the winner of presidential elections by the popular vote.

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the Electoral College, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton currently leads the popular vote by nearly 1 million votes.

According to current results, Clinton has 61,329,657 votes, and Trump has 60,530,867.

This is the fifth time in history that a nominee has won the popular vote but not the Electoral College.

The same happened to Al Gore in 2000, when he lost to George W. Bush.

“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” the senator said. “The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts.”

The long-shot proposed amendment would take effect only if it is ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years after its passage by Congress.

In 2012, Trump denounced the Electoral College. But on Tuesday, he defended it.

The president-elect also refuted arguments that Hillary Clinton should have won the presidential race because she won the popular vote.

Comments (4)
  1. We are a Republic not a democratic nation.

  2. blenderrecipes says:

    Barb has never been very bright
    She didn’t complain when Obama lost the popular vote to Hillary

    Oh and you better make sure you call her Senator

  3. So Hillary *won* the popular Vote by approx. One Million Votes. Except there also approx Three Million ILLEGAL Votes cast, and not for Trump. Plus 60,000 ‘illegal’ votes cast in Virginia for Clinton by Felons that Clinton BFF, Virginia Gov, Terry McAzzhole, restored their voting rights — ILLEGALY, contrary to a Fed Judges order. So who again *won* the popular vote?
    (Note: Trump Lost Virginia by the same 60,000 votes that Gov McNumbnuts gave to Felons.)

  4. Adam Bricker says:

    Poor Boxer doesn’t understand why the Founders and the original colonies set up the current system. We are not a single state, we are a federal union of largely sovereign states. Technically, the POTUS is not the president “of the people”, he is the president of the federation of states. This is why the people do not directly elect the president. The more populated states would not be allowed to unduly affect the lesser populated states. This is why each state has two senators. Does Boxer want to get rid of the two-senators-per-state-regardless of population as well? Boxer is apparently clueless how the USA was set up and why. She needs to do a little reading. At any rate, it will take a Constitutional Amendment to change our current system. Not. Going. To. Happen. The less populous states will never allow it. Good Luck With That, Barbara!

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