Add Connecticut state Sen. Mae Flexer to the list of politicians who want the Electoral College tossed without amending the U.S. Constitution. Flexer, D-29, is quoted in a Philly.com story as saying, “Every vote in this country should have equal weight. The Electoral College is a relic of a bygone era, and we need to change this system.”
Flexer has filed a bill that would mandate Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, rather than amend the U.S. Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College. The NPV would require a state’s electors to cast their votes for the winner of the nationwide popular vote for president, even if that state’s popular vote went to another candidate. The NPV wants to join enough states in a compact to reach the 270 electoral vote count. Amending the Constitution to outlaw the Electoral College would require two-thirds of the states approving such a move. A compact among states, however, would probably lead to a legal challenge.
In the 2000 and 2016 election, Democrats won the popular vote in the presidential race but lost in the Electoral College.