January 6 panelist Raskin points to Electoral College reform as next priority to safeguard democracy

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Rep. Jamie Ruskin, a member of the House of Representatives’ January 6 election committee, said reforming the Electoral College to ensure that the presidential winner reflects the results of the popular vote is an important part of protecting democracy. I said it would be the next step.

“Twice in our history alone this century alone, the current Electoral College, which has given us five popular vote losers as president, has become a danger not only to democracy, but to the American people. January 6th was dangerous,” said the Maryland Democrat in an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” which aired Sunday. has so many winding lanes and nooks and crannies and opportunities for so many strategic mischief, we elect presidents the same way we elect governors, senators, mayors, congressmen, etc. It should be elected, whoever gets the most votes wins.”

“The truth is that we need to continually innovate and improve our institutions,” said Ruskin, later representing a pledge that certain states and the District of Columbia award electoral votes. You mentioned your support for the referendum interstate agreement. To the candidate who won the national popular vote.

Under the U.S. Constitution, Americans do not directly elect their president. They vote for state electors, who are expected to carry out the will of the electorate when voting for president and vice president.

Both Democrat Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 lost the Electoral College votes but won the popular vote nationwide. Other presidential candidates who lost after winning the popular vote were Andrew Jackson (1824), Samuel Tilden (1876), and Grover Cleveland (1888).

“Framer [of the Constitution] They were great and patriotic, but they couldn’t live with the experience we’ve lived, and they know the Electoral College is no longer fit.

The sweeping appropriations bill Congress passed last week included measures aimed at making it more difficult to overturn sanctioned presidential elections. He described the move as “necessary” and “just a fraction of what we can and must do.”

“But that’s not enough,” he said. “We spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year exporting American democracy to other countries, but the only thing they never come back to us is, ‘Oh, the Electoral College you have I think it’s great.” “I’ll adopt that too.”

Raskin’s remarks come days after the task force investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol issued its final report. 2020 presidential election. In a symbolic move, the committee, at its last public meeting, referred Trump to the Justice Department for his four criminal charges.

Raskin said the “scale of the attack on democracy” on January 6 required an unprecedented inquiry. He also warned against future coup attempts.

Raskin spoke about security threats facing members of Congress amid growing partisan tensions.

“There’s a very dangerous rhetoric out there that’s so far removed from everything we’ve ever known in our lives,” he said.

“Living in a democracy with basic civic respect means that people can disagree without resorting to violence. It’s doing its job, and it’s tackling some very dangerous hyperbole rhetoric that puts people at risk.”

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