Connecticut should support electing the president by the popular vote!

The Connecticut General Assembly should adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (H.B. 5434) in the 2017 legislative session. There’s a hearing coming up in Hartford (details coming soon) and our legislators need to know:

The president should represent every American equally – no matter their gender, race, religion, political views, or home state. In all other elections, the candidate with the most votes wins. Our highest office should be no different.

The Compact provides a straightforward, constitutional way for states to elect the president by popular vote. Connecticut should adopt it!

It's time to elect the president by the popular vote.

The Connecticut General Assembly should adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (H.B. 5434) in the 2017 legislative session.

The president should represent every American equally - no matter their gender, race, religion, political views, or home state. In all other elections, the candidate with the most votes wins. Our highest office should be no different.

The winner-take-all Electoral College effectively disenfranchises millions of Americans in red and blue states. Despite winning the popular vote by 2.9 million votes (2.1%), Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College in 2016. Similarly, in 2004, had 60,000 Ohio voters switched from George Bush to John Kerry, Bush would have won the popular vote by a similar margin but lost the presidency.

Meanwhile, Connecticut Republicans' votes for president haven’t mattered since 1988, when George H.W. Bush won the state. Connecticut’s voters – and their interests – are taken for granted election after election while swing states receive all the attention. This inequality isn’t limited to elections. Swing states also receive significantly more federal grant funding due to their electoral clout.

The Compact is an agreement among states to award their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. When states holding a majority of electoral college votes sign onto the Compact, it will go into effect, making the national popular vote winner the president.

The Compact would not abolish the Electoral College. But it would allow for a national popular vote within the confines of the Constitution, which gives the states the power to appoint Electors, “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” Thus, by taking action together, states can make the change to the national popular vote without amending the Constitution.

It's time for the Connecticut General Assembly to add Connecticut to the growing list of states supporting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, joining ten states and the District of Columbia in moving the nation toward electing the president by the national popular vote.

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The Compact is an agreement among states to award their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. When states holding a majority of electoral college votes sign onto the Compact, it will go into effect, making the national popular vote winner the president.

The Compact would not abolish the Electoral College. But it would allow for a national popular vote within the confines of the Constitution, which gives the states the power to appoint Electors, “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” Thus, by taking action together, states can make the change to the national popular vote without amending the Constitution.

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