Approve National Popular Vote agreement in all 50 states for election of the President

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The President of the United States should be elected by the people and every person's vote should count equally. The Electoral College system does not provide equal representation for each person's vote cast in the election. The Electoral College system also greatly skews the attention towards "battleground states" and away from states that are considered safe for one of the candidates. This attention includes money spent in those states and promises made to them. 

The Electoral College system of electing U.S. Presidents is disfavored by an overwhelming majority of people; yet it remains. Why? To eliminate the Electoral College the U.S. Constitution would need to be amended, which would require a two-thirds vote in both the U.S. House and the Senate and be ratified by three-fourths of the 50 states. Realistically, these requirements are very unlikely to ever be met.

However, a work-around solution has been devised whereby states bind their electors to vote for the person who has won the national popular vote. Eleven states (totally 165 electoral votes) have already enacted legislation to bind their electors to the results of the national popular vote, but this legislation will not be implemented in those states until sufficient number of states totally 270 electoral votes have enacted a National Popular Vote legislation. See http://www.nationalpopularvote.com for a description of this process and progress to date. 

 Although National Popular Vote bills have only been enacted so far in “blue states”, several Republican leaning states are considering it. Donald Trump has even reaffirmed his opposition to the Electoral College in a recent interview after the November 2016 election. Besides the obvious democratic principle that everyone’s vote should count equally in electing our President, many people are in favor of the National Popular vote bill for practical reasons. Currently all of the attention and money of Presidential campaigns are focused on a few battle ground states such as Florida, while all the other states are ignored. Adopting the National Popular Vote agreement among the 50 states and the District of Columbia would mean that if you are a Republican in San Francisco or a Democrat in Omaha your vote for President would be meaningful and candidates would vie for your attention.

 You can help by signing this petition and by contacting your state legislators urging them to support a National Popular Vote bill in your state. The purpose of this petition is to draw national attention to this issue in the wake of the November 2016 election results and motivate state legislatures to pass National Popular Vote bills in 2017. This is a petition that actually has a good chance of making a difference, but time is of the essence.

You can check the status of the National Popular Vote bill in your state at http://www.nationalpopularvote.com

 



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