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H.J.Res.65 - Every Vote Counts Amendment

Congress member Representative Gene Green from Texas

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe in “one vote, one person”, where each person has one total vote count towards the election of the President and Vice President. The electoral college is an outdated system created at a time where communication between electors and their candidates was almost nonexistent. Today, with the internet and global communication, each elector can make an educated decision towards the election of the Presidency.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that, should the electoral college be abolished, presidential candidates would focus only on highly populated areas for votes. Less populated rural areas could be ignored. The abolishment of the electoral college could create an unstable political system made up of several political parties, which could result in more radical changes in policies from one administration to the next.

The Every Vote Counts Amendment Resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution which would abolish the electoral college and provide the direct election of the President and Vice President via the popular vote of the states.

The electoral college dates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and it was an important compromise between small and larger states. The electoral college makes it unlikely that a regional candidate, popular in the urban centers, can win without appeal to other segments of our population.

The electoral college has been blamed for establishing the 2-party system currently set in place, making it virtually impossible for a third-party candidate to win sufficient electoral votes. Some view this as an unfair practice while others claim it brings stability to the political environment.

The resolution refers to the electoral college as an anachronism, or a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.

The resolution defines the Amendment, which would need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states, containing 7 sections, summarized as:

1) The President and Vice President would both be elected by the people of the States and the district of Columbia.

2) The electors in each State would need to have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most populous branch of the legislature of the specific State; although Congress may establish uniform age qualifications.

3) Each elector would cast a single vote for two persons who have consented to the joining of their names as candidates for President and Vice President. No elector could be prohibited from casting a vote because either candidate, or both, are inhabitants of the same State as the elector.

4) The pair of candidates having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President would be elected.

5) The times, places, and manner of holding elections and the entitlement to be included on the ballot would be determined by Congress.

6) Congress may, by law, provide for the case of death or any other disqualification of any candidate before the day on which the President-elect has been chosen. Congress may also, by law, provide for the case of a tie in any election.

7) The amendment would take effect one year after the first day of January following ratification.

“Every important elected office in America today is chosen directly by the people, except the President. The 2000 and 2016 elections have shown us that the Electoral College system is failing, undermining our nation’s basic principles of democracy and equality,” said Congressman Gene Green. “Over 100 years ago, the Constitution was amended to require U.S. Senators be directly elected by the voting public in response to concerns similar to the Electoral College today. It is time for Congress and the states to get to work and give the power back to the American people.”


Sponsored by: Green, Gene [D-TX-29].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 23 Dem.

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