Text: S.J.Res.17 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. J. RES. 17


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 2, 2019

Mr. Schatz (for himself, Mr. Durbin, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

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section 1. The President and Vice President shall be elected by the people of the several States, the territories, and the district constituting the seat of government of the United States.

section 2. The electors in each State, territory, and the district constituting the seat of government of the United States shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most populous branch of the legislature of the State, territory, or the district, respectively.

section 3. Each elector shall cast a single vote for two persons who have consented to the joining of their names as candidates for President and Vice President.

section 4. The pair of candidates having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President shall be elected.

section 5. The times, places, and manner of holding such elections and entitlement to inclusion on the ballot shall be determined by Congress.

section 6. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death or any other disqualification 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 7. This article shall take effect one year after the first day of January following ratification.”.