Holder: 'Time to make the Electoral College a vestige of the past'
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Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday called for eliminating the Electoral College, saying that it is "undemocratic" and "forces candidates to ignore" the majority of voters.

"Time to make Electoral College a vestige of the past. It’s undemocratic, forces candidates to ignore majority of the voters and campaign in a small number of states. The presidency is our one national office and should be decided - directly - by the voters," Holder wrote in a tweet.

Holder's comments comes as several states have moved to circumvent the Electoral College.

Earlier this week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) told The Hill that he plans to sign a measure that would award the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

Eleven other states and Washington, D.C., have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would guarantee that the candidate who wins the popular vote is elected president. It would only go into effect if the coalition is expanded to include states representing at least 270 electoral college votes. 

With Colorado on board, the coalition would include states and the District, which account for 181 electoral college votes, 89 votes shy of the 270 needed by a presidential candidate to secure the White House.

The push to get rid of the Electoral College comes after 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSaagar Enjeti: Tuesday's Democratic debate already 'rigged' against Gabbard, Sanders Ilhan Omar raises .1 million in third quarter Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report MORE won the popular vote but lost the election to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE, who received more Electoral College votes.

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a 2020 presidential candidate, has also called for eliminating the Electoral College.

“We’ve got to repair our democracy. The Electoral College needs to go, because it’s made our society less and less democratic," Buttigieg said last month.