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Dem introducing constitutional amendment to abolish Electoral College

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzFor platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results 11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday MORE (D-Hawaii) is set this week to introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College, The Daily Beast first reported Monday.

An aide told the outlet that the amendment is supported by Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE (D-N.Y.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinBiden officials hold call with bipartisan group of senators on coronavirus relief plan Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Durbin: Senate should consider changes to filibuster MORE (D-Ill.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE (D-Calif.). Multiple news outlets confirmed Schatz's plan.

The Hawaii lawmaker's office did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the reports.

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The proposal comes on the heels of a package of election reform bills introduced last week by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyBiden expands on Obama ethics pledge Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE (D-Ore.).

These efforts are not currently merged together, according to the Daily Beast.

One of Merkley's bills would propose a constitutional amendment to nix the Electoral College and elect the president by a direct popular vote. 

Abolishing the Electoral College has gained popularity in progressive circles recently.

Several 2020 White House hopefuls, like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCancel culture comes for the moderates Biden expands on Obama ethics pledge Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal MORE (D-Calif.), have expressed openness to the reform.

Booker said last week during a CNN town hall that he believes that the person who wins the most votes should be the president, but added that "we have to win the next election under the rules that are there now."

Harris separately said she was "open" to the idea, while Warren urged supporters to sign a petition supporting "getting rid of the Electoral College."

Any amendment would face a tough road: It would first need to win over two-thirds of both chambers of Congress and then be ratified by three-fourths of the states.