Political expert: Amending the constitution for the Electoral College is politically impossible

Abolishing the electoral collge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - As of April 2, 11 states and the District of Columbia have voted to go away with the Electoral College.

Illinois is one of the states who has recently voted and agreed to electing a president by popular vote.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, along with three other senators from other states, introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college, calling it “a relic.”

The process in how the President of the United States is elected remains a hot button issue nationwide and on Capitol Hill.

Political expert John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says it’s above board. “It’s legal and constitutionally possible. It’s politically not possible under circumstance or any circumstance in the foreseeable future.”

Sen. Durbin say the electoral college system is “outdated”, but to amend it would be hard according to Jackson. “You have to get it through the congress, submit it to the state. 38 states would have to then approve at their legislative level,” Jackson said.

The United States has has 27 constitutional amendments in total, so Jackson calls Durbin’s attempt at it a difficult political change.

“Well the Democrats hope for change, and the Republicans hope for the status quo," he said. "The way our system works in the U.S. is, protecting the status quo is a lot easier than bringing about change and it’s just not at all likely that’s it going to happen.”

A few U.S. Senators introduced a constitutional amendment to end the Electoral College system and to allow the election of the President of the United States through popular vote.

Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, Brian Schatz, Dianne Feinstein, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the amendment Tuesday, April 2.

Last month, Colorado signed a plan to support a system where the candidate with the most votes nationwide is elected.

According to the office of Sen. Durbin, the others states that have agreed to electing a president by popular vote include: Illinois, Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, New York, California and Washington, D.C.

Sen. Durbin states he introduced plan to end the Electoral College before the 2000 election.

“Before the 2000 election, I introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Constitution and create a system of direct election for presidents. And I still believe today as I did then that the Electoral College is a relic from a shameful period in our nation’s history, and allows some votes to carry greater weight than others. It’s time to end the Electoral College, and I’m proud to help introduce this bill with Senators Schatz, Feinstein, and Gillibrand.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois

According to Sen. Durbin’s office, a handful of states determine who will be elected President and Vice President of the United State of America through the Electoral College system.

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