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'It Doesn't Make Sense:' De Blasio Calls For Electoral College Reform Following Trump Election

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio is expressing his concerns over the nation's voting system, vowing Tuesday to do what he can to help change the electoral college process.

De Blasio said he was angry that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a substantial margin, but still lost the election. De Blasio now wants to get rid of the electoral college or change how it operates, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported.

"I, for one, am very focused on this," de Blasio said. "I hope people are all over the country, because it's inconceivable to me that the will of 2.3 million people has been ignored in this result," de Blasio said. "It doesn't make sense. And it's supposed to be in our constitution: one person, one vote. That's not what happened here."

De Blasio was on the offensive following a series of Tweets from president-elect Donald Trump where he claimed he would have won the nation's popular vote if it weren't for the "millions of people who voted illegally."

"Dangerous LIE that if allowed to spread will be basis for Republican effort to restrict voting access even further," de Blasio tweeted. "We can't let that happen."

Trump's charges came amid a recount of presidential votes in up to three battleground states, an effort joined by Hillary Clinton despite decidedly tamped-down expectations that the election's outcome will not change.

De Blasio, a Clinton supporter, called the recent recount effort well-intentioned, but said he has seen no evidence it will change anything. 

There's been no evidence of widespread tampering or hacking that would change the results. Clinton's team said it had been looking for abnormalities and found nothing that would alter the results.

Earlier this year, de Blasio took aim at the city's Board of Elections, saying the state voting system was 'broken,' while calling for increased voter reform efforts across the state, after Comptroller Scott Stringer called for an audit of the Board of Elections following wide-scale issues during the April state primaries.


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