Support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

Support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

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Leah Friedman started this petition to Alaska State Senate and

The NPVIC is a multi-state agreement that their electors will vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote. However, it will only become effective if enough states join that the electoral votes are pushed over 270. Since 2006, 15 states and the District of Columbia have ratified this in their state, which is 196 electoral votes. It is currently pending in New Hampshire, Virginia, Ohio, and South Carolina, which is another 64 votes. 


“The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The Compact is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.” (source)


The current electoral college allows a candidate to lose the popular vote but win the electoral college. This has happened 5 times in American history. The electoral college has become a partisan issue, with Democrats opposed to the system and Republicans opposing it. This is for multiple reasons. In the 2016 election, Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. However, Trump won the electoral college, which made him the president even though not as many people voted for him. 


So, how would the NPVIC be sure that there isn’t a huge lean towards one candidate or another? In general, the electoral college swings back and forth every four years. “In fact, there’s almost no correlation between which party has the Electoral College advantage in one election and which has it four years later.” (source) If the NPVIC follows the popular vote, there are no longer “blue” states or a “red” states, instead, these votes go to the candidate who truly won the popular vote. 


There have only been 58 elections, but 157 electors have deferred from the popular vote in our countries history. As recently as 2016, 7 electors chose to cast their votes against the popular vote in their states. Along with this, the Baca v. Hickenlooper case in Colorado ruled that these electors cannot be penalized, leaving the electors open to bribery and corruption. However, with this possible compact, electors would be bound to, not only their states but the nationwide popular vote. (source)


Why should you care? Why do I care? Doesn’t it seem strange to you, whoever you may be, that the candidates with more Americans voting for them don’t actually end up in the office? I am asking you, no matter what party you resonate with, what views you believe in to take a moment to think. Ask yourself, is the electoral college really a good system, or could it be seen as corrupt?

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