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DNC Chairman Falsely Claims Electoral College Not Created in Constitution

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 11:00 AM

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez made a false claim about the Electoral College during a lecture this week.

Speaking at the Indiana University law school Tuesday night, Perez had this to say about the Electoral College, which is detailed in Article II of the Constitution:

"The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution. It doesn't have to be there."

Perez went on to describe a national movement that would change the way Americans vote for president every four years.

"There's a national popular vote compact in which a number of states have passed a bill that says, we will allocate our votes, our electoral votes, to the person who wins the national popular vote once other states totaling 270 electoral votes do the same," Perez said. "I'm frankly proud to tell you that the first state to pass such a law was Maryland."

Perez's comments were first reported by The Washington Free Beacon.

The Electoral College is spelled out in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution:

"The executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the vice president, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:

"Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress: but no senator or representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector."

The 12th Amendment, ratified in 1804, clarified the duties of the Electoral College. But Article II is the origin of the process that has been used in every U.S. presidential election.

Last year's presidential election results, which saw Democrat Hillary Clinton win the popular vote, but Republican Donald Trump win in the Electoral College, sparked a fierce debate about how America elects its presidents.

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