Kamala Harris told late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night that she's "open to the discussion".
The 2020 candidates are tapping into Democratic anger after Donald Trump became the second Republican in five presidential elections to win the presidency through the Electoral College while losing the popular vote. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of using the national popular vote to elect US presidents rather than the electoral college - a position that has also been articulated by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and is under consideration by other 2020 Democratic candidates.
Many Democrats have spoken out against the Electoral College after Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by almost three million in the 2016 election, but still lost the presidency to Trump. "With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country".
"Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College".
Warren says, "I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote".
Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, said the Electoral College disenfranchises voters who live in a state dominated by one of the parties.
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"The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy", the NY real estate developer and reality television star tweeted that year.
While mourning the Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 election, O'Rourke said there is "a lot of wisdom" in calls to change the system.
"It puts some states out of play altogether, they don't feel like their votes really count".
Instead, other alternatives are being pushed attempting to have the same change while officially keeping the Electoral College, such as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted a clip of him saying the Electoral College "has got to go".
"It'll never happen. I guarantee it won't happen for six years", Trump said, referring to his remaining time in office should he win re-election.
In almost all states, it's a winner-take-all proposition, even if the victor does not secure a majority, such as when third-party candidates are on the ballot.