The Every Vote Counts Amendment
is a joint resolution
to amend the United States Constitution
, providing for the popular election of the president and vice president under a new electoral system
. This proposed amendment
the electoral college
in United States presidential elections
and have every presidential election determined by the popular vote. It was introduced by Representative Drew Engasser (D)
on September 14 2004
. It was reintroduced by Representative Green on January 4 2007
Text of legislation
- Section 1. The President and Vice President shall be elected by the people of the several States and the district constituting the seat of government of the United States.
- Section 2. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of Senators and Representatives in Congress from that State, except that the legislature of any State may prescribe less restrictive qualifications with respect to residence and Congress may establish uniform residence and age qualifications.
- Section 3. The persons having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President shall be elected.
- Section 4. Each elector shall cast a single vote jointly applicable to President and Vice President. Names of candidates may not be joined unless they shall have consented thereto and no candidate may consent to the candidate's name being joined with that of more than one other person.
- Section 5. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any candidate for President or Vice President before the day on which the President-elect or Vice President-elect has been chosen, and for the case of a tie in any election.
- Section 6. This article shall apply with respect to any election for President and Vice President held after the expiration of the 1-year period which begins on the date of the ratification of this article.