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'Archaic' shortcomings in US electoral system: Analyst

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rob Kall

A political commentator says Americans may never “get rid of the Electoral College” despite the "archaic" shortcomings inherent in the US electoral system.

Clashes between US police and protesters amid a state of high anxiety across the nation over the delayed announcement of the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been linked by critics to the electoral system of the United States.

"The shortcomings of the American electoral system are archaic," said Rob Kall, executive editor at

He said in an interview with Press TV on Friday that the US Electoral College was "designed by people who didn't trust the voter."

Kall said choosing the president had been delegated to the Electoral College group instead of directly to the American voter.  

"So the idea was there'd be a vote and then people would be delegated to do a final vote, and that is just undemocratic," Kall noted.

Kall said the American people wanted the US Constitution to be amended so that the Electoral College would be replaced with a popular vote system.

However, "now the problem is, it probably can't be changed to a popular vote because that would take a constitutional amendment, and with the way that the nation is so split up right now that's not likely to happen," he said.

"[I]t'll never change which means that the US is stuck with a system that gives people power that is not right," he said.

Democrat Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 presidential race on Saturday after he won the pivotal battleground state of Pennsylvania. 

With 92 percent of the expected votes across the US counted, Biden led President Donald Trump 50.5 percent to 47.7 percent in the popular vote, a contrast to Trump who won the White House despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

However, the triumph was not the landslide many Biden supporters had hoped for. Biden lost a number of battleground states where he had invested time and resources, most notably Florida.

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