Encourages support for National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, November 23, 2017
To the Editor:
As people left the polls on Election Day, I’m sure they took for granted that their vote would matter and the candidates who received the most votes would be declared the winner.
That’s the way it works for virtually every election in the U.S., except for the president.
With winner-take-all Electoral College voting, a dozen battleground states with only 33 percent of the population decide who becomes president; our votes don’t matter.
Every one of the 673,215 Connecticut voters who cast a ballot for Donald Trump could have stayed home and the Electoral College count would have been exactly the same. That doesn’t make sense.
Fortunately, there is a solution: the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter — regardless of whether they live in a blue, red or battleground state—and to make the winner the candidate with the most votes.
The Connecticut General Assembly has considered joining the Compact five times over the past decade. In the 2017 legislative session there were 68 co-sponsors of H.B. 5434, more than ever before.
There are hundreds of grassroots advocates across Connecticut who will be asking the legislature to pass a national popular vote bill in 2018. If you’re one of the seven out of 10 U.S. adults who agrees that the candidate with the most votes nationwide should become the president, please contact your state Senator and Representative and ask them to support the NPV.
This isn’t a partisan issue. A switch of 60,000 Ohio voters in 2014 would have put Kerry in the White House, despite three million more votes cast for Bush.
The compact is not a Democratic plan to gain an unfair advantage. Newt Gingrich endorsed the compact in 2014, and just after the 2016 election, President-elect Trump said, “I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. There’s a reason for doing this, because it brings all the states into play.”