Sen. Nelson: End Electoral College System

Sen. Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat whose state is embroiled in a presidential primary debacle, said Thursday that he will pursue a constitutional amendment that would replace the Electoral College system with a national popular vote.

Nelson also proposed a new presidential nominating system featuring six primaries comprised of six groups of states that would take turnselecting candidates.  This plan would "give both large and small states a fair say in the nomination process," Nelson said in a speech before the Florida State Senate.

"My fight has been based on the principle that in America every citizen has an equal right to vote," he said. "It is based on a belief that we all deserve a say in picking our presidential nominees."

"The blessings of liberty cannot wait," he added. "I believe the time for reform is now."

Nelson said he plans to introduce legislation with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), whose state also faces similar primary troubles. Both Florida and Michigan were penalized by the Democratic National Committee last year after both states moved up their primary dates from March to January.

Nelson, who has sued the national party over the matter, has led the fight to seat Florida's delegates in the upcoming Democratic National Convention, even suggesting a mail-in vote primary do-over. But the plan was criticized by party leaders, Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as Florida lawmakers and was later killed.

Nelson, who supports Clinton, said he is now urging the DNC to allow half the state's delegates to be seated at the convention.