Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) says that Democrats who think that they can do away with the Electoral college are delusional. RBG herself would like to see the Electoral College gone, but she acknowledges that it will never happen. The Founding Fathers made it very difficult to change the Constitution for a very good reason. They did not want one party to be able to alter it to their advantage. In order to amend the Constitution, both houses of Congress must pass it with at least 2/3 of the votes, and then the President must sign off on it. From there it goes to the states – where a minimum of 34 states must ratify it.
Since President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, Democrats have increased calls to eliminate the constitutionally mandated Electoral College. MSNBC host Chris Hayes, for example, argued on his show last month the Electoral College is undemocratic and potentially perpetuates systemic racism.
“The weirdest thing about the Electoral College is the fact that if it wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would be unconstitutional,” Hayes said.
But, according to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Electoral College is here to stay.
Speaking at the University of Chicago on Monday, Ginsburg, the eldest Supreme Court judge, said constitutional changes like abolishing the Electoral College are “more theoretical than real,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
“It’s largely a dream because our Constitution is … hard to amend,” she said. “I know that from experience.”
Though amending the Constitution is an intentionally difficult process, Ginsburg has previously voiced support for eliminating the Electoral College.