Cunningham believes America has evolved past the need for an Electoral College. With a desire to make our election process a fair representation of the people, the Founding Fathers proposed three potential solutions to the issue of election at the Constitutional Convention: election by members of Congress, election by members of State Assemblies, or election by popular vote. The Electoral College was offered as a compromise between the three options. While this may have been a relatively ideal way to elect the leader of the nation in the 1700s, this is no longer the case.
On January 5, 2017, a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment was introduced by Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) that would replace the Electoral College with a popular election of the president and vice president, calling for the candidate with the “greatest number of votes” to be elected.
Cunningham also challenges the Electoral College as America’s best way to elect leadership and prefers the method of popular election for the Executive Office. As Americans, we are capable of choosing our president and vice president. The Cunningham Administration will support Representative Steve Cohen’s amendment proposal; one that calls for each American’s vote be of equal weight in electing the future chief executive of our country.