Voting experts discuss bid to eliminate Electoral College

03/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
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As we reported yesterday, Sen. Bill Nelson intends to introduce legislation in Congress soon that includes abolishing the Electoral College.

Such a plan would not be the first time. Opposition to the electoral college has been present throughout the country’s history, but particularly after the 2000 Presidential election, in which Al Gore won the popular vote by more than 500,000.

To get rid of the Electoral College would require a Constitutional Amendment, always a formidable challenge. But according to two voting rights experts, such a move is already happening in the states.

Rob Ritchie, executive director of the Washington based group Fair Vote, told WMNF yesterday about that movement.

Steven Hill, director of the political reform program for the New America Foundation, also spoke to us yesterday from San Francisco.

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