Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants to change the Electoral College


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weighed in on one of the most controversial issues in electoral politics on Monday, saying that she would like to see the Electoral College changed.

The admission came during a broad question from a student during an appearance at Stanford University who wondered what about society the liberal justice would like to change.

"There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College," the 83-year-old justice replied.

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The Electoral College has come under additional scrutiny in recent months after President Donald Trump was elected despite losing to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by approximately three million votes.

But the topic is far from new. According to federal officials, more than 700 proposals have been made to amend the process by which the president is officially elected -- which relies on the electoral votes of individual states rather than the popular vote.

As the National Archives explains, "There have been more proposals for Constitutional amendments on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject."

Moreover, even the American Bar Association has criticized the system, complaining that it is "archaic."

While the power to change the Electoral College requires a Constitutional amendment, which is outside of the Supreme Court's purview, Justice Ginsburg has weighed in on a high-profile case dealing with the process in the past.

She voted among the dissenters in the 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision that halted the recount process in Florida, handing that state's electoral college votes to former President George W. Bush over former Vice President Al Gore.

A Constitutional amendment can be created by one of two methods. Either the amendment must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate or a constitutional convention must be called and two-thirds of the state legislatures must approve the amendment.