The “winner-take-all” Electoral College system used by 48 states, including Colorado, sees court challenges

Denver Post Mar 26, 2018

BOSTON — When Donald Trump won more than 52 percent of the Texas vote during the 2016 election, he pocketed all 38 of that state’s Electoral College votes just as Hillary Clinton, who won California with 61 percent of the vote, swept up all 55 of that state’s electors.

It’s a winner-take-all system used by 48 states that critics hope to have ultimately ruled unconstitutional.

Advocates took their first step last month by filing federal lawsuits in four states — Massachusetts, Texas, California and South Carolina — arguing that the practice of assigning all of a state’s Electoral College votes to the popular winner, no matter how narrow, runs counter to the principle of “one person, one vote” by disenfranchising those who voted for the losing candidate.

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