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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Electoral College Deadlocks: Congress Must Decide


Nov 18, 2004
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced a constitutional amendment to reform the of Congress in electing the President of the United States when no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, or when the electoral college is tied.

œShould the electors fail to elect a president, the House of Representatives votes by state delegations.  Thus, the 85 Members from California and Texas would be equal to the two Members from Wyoming and Vermont.  This scenario is unfair and undemocratic, Sherman said.

Shermans legislation states that when the House of Representatives is called to elect the President, each Member of the House should have one vote. 

œA split Electoral College would occur in a time of great national division, and potentially at a time of national crisis.  It is critical that whoever is selected president has the support of the American people.  A scenario in which the President could be selected by Members of Congress representing less than a third of this nations population “ where the 500,000 people who live in Wyoming have the same effect in the election as the 34 million living in California “ is unacceptable and dangerous, Sherman said.

In order to take effect, a constitutional amendment must receive a 2/3 vote in both the House and the Senate and then be ratified by the state legislatures of 3/4 of the states.

For a copy of the legislation, contact Sharon Singh at 202.225.5911 or