Sanders: Change the Electoral College

Sanders: Change the Electoral College
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt 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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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 ClintonUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani MORE.

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