Are you really fed up with the nation’s Electoral College? Are you really unable to figure out why we have an Electoral College — or even what it is?
After major controversy over Donald Trump becoming president with his Electoral College victory despite Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win, some Californians want to see a change.
While any Electoral College change — or elimination — would require a national decision, those Californians at least want to make their unhappiness known, and they want you to vote on the idea.
Backers of an initiative calling for California’s elected officials to use their authority to cause presidential elections to be decided by the popular vote have received permission to begin gathering signatures, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced.
The initiative suggests amending the Constitution to eliminate or modify the Electoral College process; adopting interstate compacts regarding the allocation of electors; other related legislation and pursuing litigation.
Valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters — 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 general election — must be submitted by Aug. 30 to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot, according to Padilla.