(1-16-21) Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN on Monday submitted a bill to abolish the Electoral College, the proposal will need support from two-thirds of both houses of Congress and three-quarters of the states.

This week he also introduced the Living Wage Now Act.

In a tweet he said – In such a rich nation, it is immoral to have a federal minimum wage that leaves full-time workers living below the poverty line. It is well past time we immediately raised it to $15. The #FightFor15 cannot wait.

Rep. Steve Cohen comments on the Electoral College –

“We’ve never seen a case more descriptive and more scary than this one where the politicians tried to control the election of the president over the will of the people.

The bottom line is the Electoral College, as we’ve seen on Wednesday, allows the House of Representatives and the Senate to possibly get involved in how the election is determined. That should never be the case.

If everybody’s vote counts and counts equally, candidates would go to every state.”

This is in line with a national movement – National Popular Vote. Details on their web site –

The National Popular Vote bill will take effect when enacted into law by states possessing 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 electoral votes).  As of July 2020, it has been enacted into law in 16 jurisdictions possessing 196 electoral votes, including 4 small states (DE, HI, RI, VT), 8 medium-sized states (CO, CT, MD, MA, NJ, NM, OR, WA), 3 big states (CA, IL, NY), and the District of Columbia.  

The bill will take effect when enacted by states possessing an additional 74 electoral votes.  

The National Popular Vote bill has now passed a total of 41 state legislative chambers in 24 states. It has also passed at least one legislative chamber in 9 states possessing 88 electoral votes (AR, AZ, ME, MI, MN, NC, NV, OK, VA).  It has been unanimously approved at the committee level in 2 states possessing 27 more electoral votes (GA, MO). The National Popular Vote bill has been introduced in various years in all 50 states.  

Another site – Abolish The Electoral College and details from their site –

Abolish the Electoral College was created to reform an antiquated system that we believe does not adequately represent the will of the people. A system that was created nearly 240 years ago with a compromise to placate an evil system of slavery. We believe that this obviously flawed system of choosing our President and Vice President is long overdue for reform.

We believe that every person’s vote should count, not just those in a select few states. Reform of the Electoral College is long overdue in order to better fit our belief and basic principle that every citizen here in America has a right to have their voice heard and that their vote matters.

Our goal is to build a grassroots army, ready to aggressively advocate for long overdue reform of the electoral college system, that replaces this antiquated system with a more just and democratic method of choosing our nations’ President and Vice President.

Statement by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

“Make no mistake: President-Elect Biden won the election not by a small margin but by 9 million votes. The people have spoken. He won the Electoral College by a tally of 306 to 232. Those votes have been certified by the states, upheld by all the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and were confirmed last night by Congress. However, what we have known for some time and what last night has certainly proven is that the Electoral College is our biggest obstacle to a true democracy. There has never been anything right with it. I stand for the abolishment of this outdated and undemocratic practice and further call upon every elected official that believes in the future freedoms of our civilization to continue to condemn yesterday’s atrocities.”

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