Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says it is time to scrap the Electoral College — calling it “undemocratic.”
In an interview with NBC News aired Thursday, Buttigieg acknowledged the radical change would not happen overnight.
“Twice in my young lifetime I’ve seen the American people overruled by the Electoral College,” Buttigieg said. “It’s time for that to go, because it’s undemocratic.”
“So, maybe when we make this reform, we set it to take effect in the 2030s, when it’s not clear which party is going to benefit,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I think most Americans, of any party, ought to be able to get on board with the idea that one person, one vote, counting equally, is the fairest way to choose our president.”
More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to join the National Popular Vote interstate compact, The Hill reported.
Under the compact, the states that join would award their Electoral College votes to the popular vote winner.
But the compact will only go into effect if the states involved make up a total of at least 270 votes, the amount needed to win the presidency, The Hill reported.