About

Who we are

We’re a group of grassroots advocates calling on Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement among states to pledge their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. We’re working with citizens and groups across the state to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass House Bill 05434, a bill to join the Compact.

About the Compact

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The bill has been enacted by 10 states and the District of Columbia, which combined possess 165 electoral votes—61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it, including four small jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC), three medium- size states (MD, MA, WA), and four big states (NJ, IL, NY, CA).

States that have joined the compact (green) and states considering legislation (yellow) (Image courtesy of Wikipedia).

The U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1) gives the states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors….” The winner-take-all rule was used by only three states in 1789.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would not take effect until enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538). Under the compact, the national popular vote winner would be the candidate who received the most popular votes from all 50 states (and DC) on Election Day. When the Electoral College meets in mid-December, the national popular vote winner would receive all of the electoral votes of the enacting states.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It preserves the Electoral College and state control of elections. You can read more about the Compact at nationalpopularvote.com.