California Electors Favor Changing Electoral College

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Only 55 California residents will directly cast votes for president, and many of them don’t think they or anyone else should have that exclusive right.

As the electoral college prepares to meet in state capitols around the country on Monday, many of California’s electors say they’d prefer to reform or eliminate the body that formally elects U.S. presidents.

That’s perhaps not surprising in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won 2.8 million more votes nationally than Republican Donald Trump but fell short in the electoral college.

California’s 55 Democratic electors were chosen by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and incoming Sen. Kamala Harris as well as the party’s candidates in each of the 53 U.S. House districts. Most are party activists, campaign volunteers or relatives of congressional candidates.


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