Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE (I-Vt.) called for change in the Electoral College system on Monday as electors across the country gathered to cast their ballots.
Sanders noted Clinton’s lead over president-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE in the nationwide popular vote in arguing that the 200-year-old system should be changed.
He said such a result was not democratic, strongly suggesting that the Electoral College should not be used to decide the winner of the presidential election.
"Trump received 2.5 million fewer votes than Clinton, yet he'll soon be president. Clearly, in a democratic society, this shouldn't happen,” he tweeted.
Trump received 2.5 million fewer votes than Clinton, yet he'll soon be president. Clearly, in a democratic society, this shouldn't happen.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 19, 2016
We need to change the electoral college.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 19, 2016
Sanders has previously called for a thorough look into the Electoral College process.
Last month, Sanders called the system “on the surface a little bit weird,” because the losing nominee was more than 2 million votes ahead of the president-elect. He said the system was “unfair” to many states.
"And then what ends up happening is campaigns are basically about 16, 17 states, battleground states, in this country, and I think that's unfair to the other 30-plus states that would also like to be part of the political process,” Sanders said in a November interview with CNN.
As of about an hour before the former Democratic presidential candidate posted his tweets, 268 electoral votes had been cast for Trump, and 160 for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE.
The final anticipated electoral vote count from Election Day were 306 for Trump and 232 for Clinton.