Representative Cohen’s Resolution to Abolish Electoral College Moves Slowly Through House

Steve Cohen


Representative Steve Cohen’s (D-TN-09) initiative to abolish the electoral college hasn’t progressed much since it was introduced back in January. The last action on the resolution occurred early last month, when it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. No dates are listed to consider the resolution, though Cohen is the subcommittee chairman.

Other members of that committee are Vice Chair Deborah Ross (D-NC-02), Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), Henry “Hank” Johnson (D-GA-04), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Cori Bush (D-MO-01), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), Mike Johnson (R-LA-04), Tom McClintock (D-CA-04), Chip Roy (D-TX-21), Michelle Fischbach (D-MN-07), and Burgess Owens (D-UT-04).

In a press release accompanying the resolution’s introduction, Cohen cited the January 6th Capitol Hill riot as a reason to abolish the electoral college.

“It was during the largely ceremonial certification of the Electoral College vote that a mob invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday at the urging of a president who had lost the popular vote by more than seven million votes,” stated Cohen.

Cohen called the Founding Fathers’ design an “archaic institution.” He faulted the electoral college for twice awarding the presidency to individuals who didn’t win the popular vote, though he didn’t fault the electoral college for recently awarding the presidency to President Joe Biden.

In short, the resolution would urge the Congress to dictate the nation by majority rule: a direct election of the presidency and vice presidency by the majority.

Over the years, Cohen has consistently pushed for the abolition of the electoral college. He made a similar effort in 2019. Cohen claimed that the system was “conceived in sin” because it resides within the Constitution, which he said was a part of the institution of slavery. Cohen pushed his claims further, arguing that these systems within the Constitution perpetuate slavery today.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report April 2 on the renewed debate over retaining, reforming, or abolishing the electoral college, with a focus on Cohen’s resolution.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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7 Thoughts to “Representative Cohen’s Resolution to Abolish Electoral College Moves Slowly Through House”

  1. Tim Price

    Another lying Democrat!

  2. 83ragtop50

    The only thing that needs abolished is Cohen.

  3. FB

    So, popular vote means the big states will always win elections, due to population. All the other 46 or so states will find their votes are meaningless.
    Can you think of a better way to initiate a civil war?

  4. Ms Independent

    Cohen=slime lawyer. President Trump had it right about this sleezebag!

  5. AWM

    Cohen is right, abolish the Electoral College and go to “one state = one vote”. If the result is a tie, vote again. Must show valid ID to vote.

  6. M. Flatt

    I’m sure Stevie Cohen would probably flourish in a New York-California ruled United Socialist States of America (USSA). The rest of us, however, would languish in poverty and fury under the tyranny of some version of elites and their toadies.
    I have no clue why Memphians continue to elect this fool to Congress, unless it’s the same reason Jim Cooper keeps his seat (No one runs against him).

  7. mikey whipwreck

    cohen is one of the worst people in the state.

    what a slime.