presidential elections

5 petitions

Started 1 year ago

Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Ted Cruz, Kamala Harris, John Cornyn

Electoral AND Popular vote should be required for the Presidency

Like many Americans, we are extremely frustrated with the knowledge that our votes, and the votes of millions of other Americans who do not live in “swing states”, are rendered meaningless by the Electoral College. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE OUR VOTES MEAN SOMETHING!  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION REFORM IS REQUIRED, but the most popular ideas may be unrealistic because they may never gain bipartisan support.  For example, there are many petitions circulating to ABOLISH the Electoral College, but this may never happen because abolishing the Electoral College is disadvantageous to states with smaller populations which tend to vote Republican (i.e., candidates would only target urban areas and ignore rural areas). This petition offers a compromise alternative which deserves bipartisan support from both Texas Republicans and California Democrats:  a change to our presidential election process so that a candidate is required to win BOTH the electoral AND the popular vote. This is not a suggestion to REPLACE the Electoral College, which is the popular idea but would be disadvantageous to smaller states, but to replace the current process with one that would allow the vast majority of voters of BOTH parties to feel that their votes ACTUALLY COUNT.  This deserves bipartisan support since the Electoral College is not entirely eliminated, and in case of an Electoral/Popular vote split, the Senate (which favors smaller states), breaks the tie instead of the House. And again, the millions of Texas Republicans who felt powerless in stopping Obama from winning the presidency WOULD BENEFIT JUST AS MUCH as the millions of California Democrats who feel voiceless right now...  Democratic and Republican Senators, please co-sponsor such legislation (And Republicans, please keep in mind that, if nothing is done, it is only a matter of time before a Republican nominee loses an election while winning the popular vote!)  THANK YOU!!!

R. Kagawa
14 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Rasmussen Reports, Pew Research Center, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac University Poll, USA Today

Include Gary Johnson in national Presidential polls

The Commission on Presidential Debates determines whether or not a candidate can be included in the debates based on their performance in five selected national polls. In order to be included in the debates, a candidate must be polling at 15% nationwide. We, the undersigned, believe that Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for President has a chance to reach that threshold. A recent Fox News poll found Gov. Johnson to have 12% support nationwide and his mainstream media exposure in recent weeks has been unprecedented for a Libertarian Presidential candidate, which means that his support has likely grown. Paired with the fact that polls have consistently shown Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to be among the most polarizing candidates in history, we believe that there is a real opportunity this year for a third-party candidate to make a difference. With the Libertarian Party being the only third party likely to appear on the ballot in all fifty states and the political experience of both Gov. Johnson and his running mate, Governor William Weld, we believe that they are the most likely to capitalize on this opportunity. We urge you to include Governor Johnson in your national polling and help give the American voter another option this November.

Adam Sheets
41,498 supporters