I swear, I’m liking Bill Nelson (D-FL) more and more every day. This afternoon he introduced a constitutional amendment that would abolish the electoral college.
Thank you Bill!
The reality is that there is little hope that such an amendment would pass since the Electoral College gives the 30 odd states with 9 or less Electoral Votes disproportionate per vote power, but it’s something that I’ve been pushing for since 2000.
Here is the release from his office.
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