Last updated on December 15, 2020
Why bother counting the votes after Dixville Notch weighs in. Dick Nixon won both Ohio and Florida in 1960 and lost to Kennedy. But you do you Donald, it’s still 1-52 in failed legal challenges.
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) December 9, 2020
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) December 9, 2020
— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) December 9, 2020
To begin, it would require a constitutional amendment, a step that necessitates not only a two-thirds vote in each chamber of Congress but also ratification by three-quarters of the state legislatures. The last time the nation successfully changed the Constitution was a relatively minor tweak requiring that salary increases for members of Congress not take effect until the session after they were approved; the states finished ratifying the amendment 28 years ago, following an on-again, off-again effort that began in 1789.
Overhauling the way Americans choose their president via a constitutional amendment seems about as likely at the moment as Trump inviting Biden for a friendly round of golf. Critics of the Electoral College have made some progress going another route, however—one that does not involve altering the Constitution. Since 2006, the legislatures of 15 states and the District of Columbia have enacted what’s known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement that binds them to award their presidential electors to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationwide, even if another contender captured the most in their state. The accord will take effect once enough states representing 270 electoral votes pass the bill through their legislatures. As of now, the backers are 74 electoral votes short of that magic number.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 9, 2020
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) December 9, 2020
— Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) December 9, 2020
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