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Trump Wants Elections Decided by Popular Vote

by Countable | Updated on 4.27.18

What’s the story?

  • President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he’d like to ditch the Electoral College for presidential elections because the popular vote is “easier to win.”
  • In an interview with Fox & Friends, the president – who lost the popular vote in the 2016 election – said:
“Remember, we won the election. And we won it easily. You know, a lot of people say ‘Oh, it was close.’ And by the way, they also like to always talk about Electoral College. Well, it’s an election based on the Electoral College. I would rather have a popular election, but it’s a totally different campaign.”
  • Trump explained that the presidential race is like an actual race: “It’s as though you're running—if you're a runner, you're practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the 1-mile.”
“The Electoral College is different. I would rather have the popular vote because it's, to me, it's much easier to win the popular vote,” he continued.


Need a reminder on how the Electoral College works? Click above.


Why does it matter?

  • Trump is not alone in suggesting we lose the Electoral College. Recently, a coalition of law firms, politicians, and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed lawsuits claiming the "winner-take-all" Electoral College system violates the Constitution.
"Under the winner-take-all system, U.S. citizens have been denied their constitutional right to an equal vote in presidential elections,” attorney David Boies, who’s leading the coalition, said in a statement. “This is a clear violation of the principle of one person, one vote."


What do you think?

Is it time to revisit the Electoral College? Is the "winner-take-all" system unconstitutional? Should all states adopt Maine’s ranked-choice voting? Hit Take Action and tell you reps, then share your thoughts below.


—Josh Herman


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  • Andy1
    04/27/2018
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    Can we make that retroactive?

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  • Cynthia
    04/27/2018
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    Let him change the rules - HE IS NOT POPULAR ENOUGH to win a popular-vote-only system! I am so sick of his lying, cheating, bigoted, criminal mouth!😡😬🤐

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  • Sam
    04/29/2018
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    All elections should be Decided by popular vote. The electoral college is outdated, it was formed during slavery and is no longer necessary. One man one vote one woman one vote. No one should have more then one vote.

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  • Robert
    04/29/2018
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    “The story of the Electoral College is also one of slavery.” Electoral college should have ended with the passing of the 13th Amendment back in 1865.

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  • Sara
    04/27/2018
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    Perhaps some people are sick of you too, Cynthia. The question was about the Electoral College and whether it is still appropriate. You, and others, really don't have to make derogatory comments about President Trump at every opportunity, whether or not it is germane to the discussion. Your bitterness and hatred blinds you to any facts or coherent thoughts about the narrative presented. With that being said, the Electoral College, in my opinion, needs to remain in place so that smaller states have equal representation in terms of selecting a President. California, New York, and Texas should not have more say in who we choose just because of their larger size.

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  • Jennifer
    04/27/2018
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    Nope. Never. Nada. I’ll b damned if NY, CA, FL and TX decide our President. It’s like teaching to the test. The candidates would only then have to campaign in states with the greatest population base. No other small states would ever count. The founding fathers knew what they were doing; leave what works alone.

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  • KansasTamale
    04/27/2018
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    I love it. Must have forgotten about Hillary getting 3,000,000 more votes than he did, so let’s get it done ASAP and make it Retroactive.

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  • Kelly
    04/29/2018
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    Ending Gerrymandering would be a better move. The GOP Gerrymandered districts so severely in their favor that in many places a democratic vote doesn’t count.

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  • Vincent
    04/27/2018
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    Absolutely not!!!! We are not a Democracy, we are a republic!!! Electoral college needs to stay! Cali, New York, Texas, and maybe 2 other states shouldn’t be determining our elections when we have 50 states!!

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  • Shaundi
    04/29/2018
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    Hahahahahahaha! Yes please!

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  • Sara
    04/27/2018
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    Perhaps, Chickie, you need your vision checked because you are clearly blinded by your own ego. There are many, many people who agree with President Trump on what he is doing for the country and see him as fixing the mess that President Obama created during his 8 years as Commander in Chief. We were a laughing stock long before President Trump was sworn in as President. He's trying to make our country great again both domestically and abroad. How about you stop being so hateful and bitter, which ironically is what you seem to think Republicans/Conservatives are. If you review the comments on this and other threads, it is predominantly the Democrats/Liberals who are hateful towards others not agreeing with them. It's shame that Countable does nothing to flag the cursing, but I suspect that because they are more liberal-oriented they are likely to not do so.

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  • OldTimer
    04/28/2018
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    I have been a supporter of Trump but, I totally disagree with him on this point. The electoral college cannot be done away with or the US will fall into mob rule. So no, he is wrong on this one.

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  • Rick
    04/27/2018
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    The problem with the popular vote, is that the more populated areas will have more clout, as in the case of NYC, LA, etc. These groups would decide who to elect just because their cities are more populated than others. The electoral college was created for a reason. That reason is to give each person a vote. All states are represented in the election, and each state carries the electoral vote, depending on the population of that state. Without the electoral college, the election would be decided by only a few cities, depending on population only. I don’t want a handful of people deciding who our president will be.

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  • David
    04/27/2018
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    I believe it’s time to scrap the electoral college and start electing our President with the popular vote.

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  • SneakyPete
    04/28/2018
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    “ELECTORAL COLLEGE— (YEA or NAY)?” I’m a strong supporter of President Trump, and will remain so, but am opposed to his opinion on the Electoral College issue. The electoral college is one of the most brilliant things to come from the Founding Fathers. It guarantees the rights of the many do not diminish the rights of the few. It upholds the power originally vested to the states and ensures the states hold a measure of power from the ever-encroaching federal government. The founders understood that unchecked democracy is doomed to failure. Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress, thus, the total representation in the Electoral College is 538 members (equal to 100 senators plus 435 representatives, plus 3 members for the District of Columbia), but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. Only the Congress or the states can actually CHANGE the Constitution. The only way to actually CHANGE it is via a constitutional amendment. Congress or the states can initiate that, and the amendment has to be ratified by a fixed number of states before it takes effect. To become an operative part of the Constitution, an amendment, whether proposed by Congress or a national constitutional convention, must be ratified by either: ▪ The legislatures of three-fourths (at present 38) of the states; or ▪ State ratifying conventions in three-fourths (at present 38) of the states. 4*27*18. SEE: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States) SEE: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population SEE: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/provisions.html#provisions

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  • Brian
    04/27/2018
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    No, we need the electoral college. The founding fathers never attended for the USA to be a pure democracy. If you pay attention to history pure democracies not last.

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  • Jeff
    04/27/2018
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    We are a Republic, not a democracy, by design. Keep it that way.

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  • Mike
    04/29/2018
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    Since Hillary won by 3 million more votes would he be willing to resign and let her be president?

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  • Chickie
    04/27/2018
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    #45 has long needed his vision examined. He thought the crowds at his inauguration were bigger than any others; looking at his average sized hands, he sees bigly; he sees one person of color at one of his ‘yay me’ rallies and sees a diversified representation. In summary, he is blinded by his own ego. If the 2016 election were decided by the popular vote, our country would not be a world-wide laughing stock, our country would be preserving our lands, waters and air, DACA would be law, the LGBTQ community would be continuing in the steps of progress, health insurance coverage would be permanent, the middle-class, working class and poor would feel included...such a Bozo!

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  • Peggy
    04/29/2018
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    I’m all for majority rules.!

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