Elect the president by national popular vote

January 23, 2019 by stephenshubert


2016, Donald Trump won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes. According to post-election numbers, though, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.9 million. In other words, in 2016, we had a similar situation as in 2000—where the candidate who more voters picked did not become president. It is unfair, undemocratic, and long past time that we start electing our presidents by national popular vote.

The Electoral College allows the winner of the popular vote in each state to get all the electoral votes in every state except two.  This takes away our one person one vote concept, and in two of the last five elections the winner of the popular vote has not won the electoral vote and therefore not become president.  This is not democratic.  In addition, currently presidential candidates mostly only visit battleground states; there is no reason to visit states they will clearly win or clearly lose.  Voters in other states are not important to these candidates and are ignored.  Every vote and every voter should matter.

An effort known as The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote. Once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact—which only requires passing state laws—then the next presidential election will be determined by the popular vote, not the Electoral College.

Eleven states and DC have passed the National Popular Vote bill in their legislatures, which would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.    This ensures that the winner of the national popular vote becomes president.

The bill is currently enacted in the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and California. By law, these 12 jurisdictions possess 172 electoral votes. The bill will take effect when enacted by states possessing an additional 98 electoral votes, making the total at least 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 electoral college votes). This would give the presidency to the candidate who wins the popular vote. Who are the likely states to pass such a bill?   David Turnoy, Chair San Juan Democrats researched likely other states to approach for a vote. Click on the link




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