Are there any congressional committee reports about reforming the Electoral College?

Committee reports pertain to proposed legislation and issues under investigation. Reform or replacement of the Electoral College was a popular topic in Congress through the 1980s. Although there have been some recent legislative proposals to change the Electoral College, none of them have received much consideration beyond referral to committee.

Researchers interested in congressional committee reports on the Electoral College may be interested in the following reports from the past 50 years:

Direct Popular Election of the President and Vice President of the United States, S. Rpt. 96-111, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF31 .J8 1979
Published/Created: 1979
Description: Report, together with minority and additional views of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, on S.J. Res. 28 (available at HathiTrust External). If using the Serial Set, the associated volume is 13,239.

Direct Popular Election of the President and Vice President of the United States, S. Rpt. 95-609, U.S. Senate.
Call Number: KF12 .U5
Published/Created: 1977.
Description: Report, together with minority and additional views of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, on S.J. Res. 1. Found in volume 13,168-11 of the United States Congressional Serial Set (available at HathiTrust External).

Constitutional Amendments, S. Rpt. 92-501, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF31 .J834 1971b
Published/Created: 1971
Description: Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, made by its Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments, pursuant to S. Res. 335, 91st Congress, 2d Session (available at HathiTrust External). If using the Serial Set, the associated volume is 12,931-01.

Direct Popular Election of the President, S. Rpt. 91-1123, U.S. Senate
Call Number: KF12 .U5
Published/Created: 1970
Description: Report, together with Individual, Separate, and Minority Views [To accompany S.J. Res. 1]. Found in volume 12881-4 of the United States Congressional Serial Set (available at HathiTrust External).

For help finding additional committee reports and other legislative history materials, researchers can use the Law Library's research guide, Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Beginner’s Guide.


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