Warren: Get Rid Of Electoral College "To Make Sure That Every Vote Counts"

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the first time on Monday night said that she would back a plan to do away with the Electoral College in a CNN town hall event with Jake Tapper.

QUESTION: Thank you. Thank you for being here. Welcome to Jackson, Mississippi. Yeah. So voter disenfranchisement is real. In Mississippi, there are 23 felonies that once convicted ban a person from voting for the rest of their lives, literally limiting their citizenship and right to democracy. Moreover, residents' access to voting is limited by archaic voter registration processes and limited voting formats. How will you expand voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, ensure online voter registration, and non-excuse early voting?



SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): All right.

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Great question. But can I go you one bigger?

QUESTION: Yeah.

WARREN: And that is, I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted.

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We need to put some federal muscle behind that. And we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there right now.

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And I'll tell you one more. We need to make sure that every vote counts. And, you know, I want to -- I want to push that right here in Mississippi, because I think this is an important point. You know, come a general election, presidential candidates don't come to places like Mississippi.

QUESTION: That's right.

WARREN: Yeah. They also don't come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we're not the "battleground states." Well, my view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen...

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... is that we can have national voting. And that means get rid of the Electoral College and everybody counts.

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Everybody.

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TAPPER: I want to...

WARREN: I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote. What do you think? Yeah.

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