Sanders: Change the Electoral College

Sanders: Change the Electoral College
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters 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 John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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.

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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE.

The final anticipated electoral vote count from Election Day were 306 for Trump and 232 for Clinton.