A California senator filed legislation on Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College, after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win — but election loss — helped spark a week of protests and petitions.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who is retiring after her term, introduced a bill that calls for an amendment to the Constitution, CBS San Francisco reported.
As with any changes to the Constitution, after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve, the amendment would only take effect if ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years.
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Boxer was an outspoken Clinton supporter and said she hoped to check off electing the first female president from her to-do list before retiring, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer said in a statement. "The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts."