Petition for Utah to Elect the Presidency by National Popular Vote

Petition for Utah to Elect the Presidency by National Popular Vote

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Carly Jaloviar started this petition to Senator Mitt Romney

We the People ask the state of Utah to change their law on the electoral college voting process of “winner-takes-all” to the national popular vote. According to the United States Constitution, states have the power to determine how they award their electoral votes in national elections (Washington Post, 2019). Five of our 45 Presidents have come into office without having won the most popular votes nationwide and this has led the people feeling as if their votes do not matter; in fact, modern presidential campaigns ignore almost all states, large and small alike, in favor of a handful that are closely divided between Republicans and Democrats (New York Times, 2017). In the 2012, 2016 and 2020 elections, nearly 40 states, with about 80 percent of the country’s population, were or will be ignored by both candidates (Washington Post, 2019). However, if an agreement among the states to award their electoral votes to the candidate who won the most national popular votes, it would boost voter turnout by 20 million to 80 million (Washington Post, 2019). So far, the National Popular Vote bill has been enacted by 16 jurisdictions possessing 196 electoral votes and states need 270 electoral votes for the agreement to kick in, ensuring that the president is picked by the national vote rather than winner-takes-all. Utah, and every state for that matter, should make every vote count and by changing the electoral college process, this is how it can be done. 

Board, The Editorial. “Let the People Pick the President.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Nov. 2017,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/opinion/elections-electoral-college-voting.html

Paul, Deanna. “The Popular Vote Could Decide the 2020 Presidential Election, If These States Get Their Way.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 26 Feb. 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/26/popular-vote-could-decide-presidential-election-if-these-states-get-their-way/

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