Former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has reaffirmed her position on the abolition of the country’s Electoral College. Hilary Clinton who lost to Donald Trump despite winning the popular votes in the 2016 US presidential election made this known in a tweet. This is shortly after she voted as an elector alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton in New York on Monday.
Her words: “I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and select our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office. But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
The U.S. Electoral College is a group of 538 presidential electors who converge in state capitals every December of an election year to ratify the election of the President and the Vice President. The number of electors in each state is equivalent to the number of seats in state’s legislature.
To emerge winner, a candidate requires an absolute majority of 270 electoral votes. A situation where no candidate secures the 270 votes, Congress holds a contingent election to pick the President and Vice President.
Following the US Presidential polls, Biden’s election was ratified at the Electoral College held in all state capitals in America last Monday.