At a town hall event in Jackson, Mississippi, Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for a constitutional amendment to end the electoral college “to make sure that every vote counts.”
Warren noted that “in presidential elections, presidents don’t come to places like Mississippi” because they aren’t battleground states. “I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote,” she stated.
Senator Warren is right that the Electoral College system, as it currently operates, means that candidates are free to ignore voters in Mississippi and Massachusetts. However, we can work within the system without a constitutional amendment to make every vote count. One option is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. With the recent additions of Colorado, New Mexico, and Delaware, the Compact has 189 of the 270 votes needed to go into effect and guarantee that the winner of the national popular vote becomes the president.