SENATE DOCKET, NO. 904        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 387

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Eric P. Lesser

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying resolution:

Resolutions calling on Congress to abolish the Electoral College and allow for the direct election of the President and Vice President by the popular vote of all citizens of the United States.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Eric P. Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire

 

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

1/23/2017

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/25/2017

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

1/30/2017

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

1/31/2017

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

1/31/2017

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

2/1/2017

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

2/1/2017

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

2/2/2017

Cynthia Stone Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

3/13/2017

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

3/21/2017

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 904        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 387

By Mr. Lesser, a petition (accompanied by resolution, Senate, No. 387) of Eric P. Lesser, Michael J. Barrett, Lori A. Ehrlich, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for the adoption of resolutions calling on Congress to abolish the Electoral College and allow for the direct election of the President and Vice President by the popular vote of all citizens of the United States.  Election Laws.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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Resolutions calling on Congress to abolish the Electoral College and allow for the direct election of the President and Vice President by the popular vote of all citizens of the United States.

 

WHEREAS, the Electoral College was established by Article II, Section One of the United States Constitution whereby states are directed to appoint electors who then meet and cast votes for president and vice president of the United States; and

WHEREAS, voters who cast ballots in the presidential election every four years delegate their votes to one of 538 electors, rather than voting directly for their preferred candidate; and

WHEREAS, on five different occasions throughout history, including twice in the last sixteen years, the president and vice president of the United States lost the national popular vote but were elected by winning a majority of the Electoral College; and

WHEREAS, the method of electing the president and vice president of the United States contradicts the principle of “one person, one vote,” which the United State Supreme Court established in Reynolds v. Sims under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause; and

WHEREAS, the method of electing United States Senators and Representatives, state governors and legislators, and local officials are selected by popular vote of the people within the corresponding state or district; and

WHEREAS, the voters of Massachusetts have been disenfranchised and left to feel like their vote does not count; and

WHEREAS, abolishing the Electoral College requires a Constitutional amendment, governed by Article V of the Constitution, which calls for both houses of the United States Congress to pass by a two-thirds vote a proposal that is subsequently sent to the states for ratification, either by state legislatures or conventions within the states, by a three-fourths vote of the states; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Massachusetts Legislature calls on the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States abolishing the Electoral College and allowing for the direct election of the President and Vice President by the popular vote of all citizens of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Clerk of the Massachusetts Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from Massachusetts in the United States Congress.