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Every Vote Counts Amendment

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A Level
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Last updated 22 Mar 2021

This is a would be constitutional amendment designed to address the way in which the US elects a President. Under the terms of the proposed amendment it would abolish the Electoral College. In its place would be a national popular vote whereby candidates for President must win a plurality of the votes.

The Amendment was first introduced to Congress in 2005 by Democratic Representative Gene Green from Texas. This initial introduction was unsuccessful, and Rep. Green brought the amendment forward again in 2009. The amendment had its first reading and entered the committee stage, where it was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. It was then allocated to the Sub Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in February 2009. The amendment died in committee.

The Amendment was followed by other resolutions along similar lines. In the House HR 36 required a majority of votes to be elected President, whilst a Senate Resolution would have left Congress to determine the electoral method for the Presidency.

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