Will electoral college ever change?

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Political analysts and local voters are calling for changes to voting system. Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and former Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee Len Lenihan both agree that the political system is broken, and voters should be demanding some adjustments be put in place.

Giambra said, "But I think what this tells us though tonight, is that people are going to be demanding a change in the whole way in which we elect a president. The electoral college from my prospective should be tossed out, we need to go to a popular vote or a proportional vote because it's not fair."

"The all or nothing approach is what is hard to justify to a lot of people when one candidate can get a much greater number of votes and lose the electoral college,” said Lenihan. "The bottom line is, I think it's time for reforming the electoral college."

They also say the country’s finance system needs to be revamped and it needs to be done quickly.

Giambra said, "After seeing the session with divisive, negative, nasty mean spirited commercials, I think voters are going to be demanding some sort of financing reform. I think it's way over due."

Lenihan said, "Our political system is broke at the federal level. Too much money, too much partisanship, an inability to resolve problems, something needs to be done and it's gotta be done fast."

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Some local voters are also fed up with the way the country is run, but say all you can do is cast your vote.

Buffalo resident Early Irving said, "We throw billions of dollars away, my tax dollars, your tax dollars, billions away on other people. We don't take care of our selves, sorry, I don't really care who won, they don't take care of me they ain't taking care of you."

Buffalo resident Jessica Dale Jordan said, “"The people voted so whatever happens you can't do anything about it, you just have to go out there and give your vote."

Canisius College Political Science Professor and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick says it’s highly unlikely the process will change. “It takes 3/4 of the states to ratify an amendment that would mean that 38 states would have to ratify the amendment, that's just not going to happen. That would mean that little Iowa and little New Hampshire that were battleground states this time would have to say ‘yeah, we'd like New York in the party, and some of the money that's coming in to our states, we'd like to send it New York,’ that's not going to happen.”

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