C. G. P. Gray: How the Electoral College Works

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  1. mvymvy Says:

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC), without needing to amend the Constitution.

    Under National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That majority of electoral votes guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC wins the presidency.

    National Popular Vote would give a voice to the minority party voters in each state. Now their votes are counted only for the candidate they did not vote for. Now they don’t matter to their candidate.

    With National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere would be counted equally for, and directly assist, the candidate for whom it was cast.

    Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in the current handful of swing states. The political reality would be that when every vote is equal, the campaign must be run in every part of the country.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for president. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground states: co – 68%, fl – 78%, ia 75%, mi – 73%, mo – 70%, nh – 69%, nv – 72%, nm– 76%, nc – 74%, oh – 70%, pa – 78%, va – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): ak – 70%, dc – 76%, de – 75%, id – 77%, me – 77%, mt – 72%, ne 74%, nh – 69%, nv – 72%, nm – 76%, ok – 81%, ri – 74%, sd – 71%, ut – 70%, vt – 75%, wv – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: ar – 80%,, ky- 80%, ms – 77%, mo – 70%, nc – 74%, ok – 81%, sc – 71%, tn – 83%, va – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: ca – 70%, ct – 74%, ma – 73%, mn – 75%, ny – 79%, or – 76%, and WA – 77%.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states. In the lowest population states, the bill has passed in nine state legislative chambers — including one house in DC, Delaware, Maine, and both houses in Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It has been enacted by the District of Columbia, Hawaii, and Vermont. In total, the bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions that possess 132 electoral votes– 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


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