We need your help or the bill will die!

WE NEED YOU OR THIS BILL WILL DIE!

These Democratic legislators have NOT announced support for the National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434. Ahead of our Wednesday, April 26th Lobby Day, please call and email them! Despite having 57 co-sponsors, without their support, this bill WILL die!

Please start by emailing the Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz: Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov or calling him at 860-240-8535.

Then move on to your representative and senator if they’re on the list. If you’re up for it, you can then reach out to legislators near you!

Title Name District Towns Email Phone LOB Room
Rep. Abercrombie, Catherine 83 Meriden, Berlin Catherine.Abercrombie@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0492 2002
Rep. Adams, Terry 146 Stamford Terry.B.Adams@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1377 4020
Rep. Arconti, David 109 Danbury David.Arconti@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1376 4034
Rep. Aresimowicz, Joe 30 Berlin, Southington Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov 860-240-8535 4105
Rep. Baker, Andre 124 Bridgeport Andre.Baker@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1371 4037
Rep. Boyd, Patrick 50 Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock Pat.Boyd@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1372 4005
Rep. Currey, Jeff 11 East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1378 4010
Rep. Dillon, Patricia 92 New Haven Patricia.Dillon@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1377 4019
Rep. Fox, Daniel 148 Stamford Dan.Fox@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1372 2202
Rep. Gentile, Linda 104 Ansonia, Derby Linda.Gentile@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1372 4109
Rep. Guerrera, Antonio 29 Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield Tony.Guerrera@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1377 2301
Rep. Miller, Patricia Billie 145 Stamford Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1375 4033
Rep. Paolillo, Alphonse 97 New Haven Alphonse.Paolillo@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1371 5008
Rep. Reed, Lonnie 102 Branford Lonnie.Reed@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1378 3902
Rep. Reyes, Geraldo 75 Waterbury Geraldo.Reyes@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1377 4024
Rep. Ritter, Matthew 1 Hartford Matthew.Ritter@cga.ct.gov 860-240-8489 4106
Rep. Rosario, Christopher 128 Bridgeport Christopher.Rosario@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1375 4115
Rep. Rovero, Daniel 51 Killingly, Putnam, Thompson Danny.Rovero@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1371 4004
Rep. Serra, Joseph 33 Middletown Joseph.Serra@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1378 4021
Rep. Simmons, Caroline 144 Stamford Caroline.Simmons@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1376 c110
Rep. Tong, William 147 Stamford, Darien William.Tong@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0532 2502
Rep. Ziogas, Christopher 79 Bristol Chris.Ziogas@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1378 4016
Senator Doyle, Paul 9 Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill & Wethersfield paul.doyle@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0475
Senator Hartley, Joan 15 Waterbury, Middlebury & Naugatuck joan.hartley@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0006
Senator Kennedy, Ted 12 Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford ted.kennedy@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0455
Senator Larson, Timothy 3 East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington & South Windsor timothy.larson@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0511
Senator Leone, Carlo 27 Stamford & Darien carlo.leone@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0589
Senator Slossberg, Gayle 14 Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge gayle.slossberg@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0482

Democrat or Republican, we need you to contact your state representative and state legislator before the end of the day Wednesday and let them know – even if it’s for the umpteenth time – that you want them to support the National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434.

If you haven’t filled out our volunteer survey about how you’d like to be involved, please take a minute and do so – this bill won’t pass without your help!

HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR SUPPORT FOR HB 5434

Communicating in your own words is best, but here are ways to express your support that you can use as starting points, or to copy & paste. Explain why this is important to you.

  1. Presidential candidates rarely campaign in Connecticut. With the National Popular Vote Compact, HB 5434, every vote in CT would matter and candidates would pay attention to us. Do you favor the Compact? If not, why don’t you believe that every vote should matter equally?
  2. I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter in presidential elections.  What about Connecticut?  With HB 5434, the National Popular Vote Compact, our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA. Please let me know if you support the bill, and if not, why not?
  3. I’m writing to let you know I support HB5434, the National Popular Vote Compact that awards the presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide. The Compact would make one person, one vote a reality. Are you in favor of the Compact? If not, can you explain why every vote shouldn’t count equally, no matter what state you live in?
  4. I believe in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes. Under the current state-by-state winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes, it doesn’t work that way. Please support HB5434, the National Popular Vote Compact. Will you vote yes on HB5434? If no, why not?
  5. Please co-sponsor HB 5434 to elect the President by the popular vote in all 50 states. Please let me know if you support the bill, and if not, why not?
  6. Please support HB 5434 so that every vote matters equally when we elect our President. Will you vote yes?
  7. I think the candidate who gets the most votes should win. Please support HB 5434, the National Popular Vote Compact. Will you vote yes?
  8. Please co-sponsor HB5434 to help make one person, one vote a reality. Will you vote yes? If no, why not?
  9. Please co-sponsor HB5434, the NPV compact. In a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes.
  10. I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter. With HB 5434 our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA.

Join us April 26 for Lobby Day in Hartford!

The National Popular Vote bill now has 55 co-sponsors(!) but we need to convince undecided legislators to support the bill or it will die.

Please join us and spread the word about our lobby day from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, April 26th at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Republicans voted party-line to oppose National Popular Vote legislation so we need as many Democrats as we can to co-sponsor. For a full list of Democratic legislators (and their contact info!) who have not announced their support for the National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434, please click here.

Contact former co-sponsors who have NOT co-sponsored HB 5434

Contact Former co-sponsors

We’ve had great success recruiting additional co-sponsors for HB 5434, the National Popular Vote bill. We started with 11 co-cosponsors – there are now 53! But there are still a handful of legislators who have supported national popular vote legislation in the past but have NOT yet co-sponsored HB 5434 this session.

Please call / email these legislators and ask them to join 53 others in co-sponsoring:

Rep. Gonzalez Minnie.Gonzalez@cga.ct.gov 860-240-8514
Rep. Morin Russell.Morin@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1378
Rep. Morris Bruce.Morris@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1373
Rep. Verrengia Joe.Verrengia@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1373
Rep. Berger Jeffrey.Berger@cga.ct.gov 860-240-1372
Sen. Gomes Ed.Gomes@cga.ct.gov 860-240-0509

For talking points and writing guidelines, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

CONTACT the speaker

We also need you to call and email the Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, and urge him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote:

Rep. Aresimowicz Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov 860-240-8535

CONTACT Other Democratic Legislators who Have not co-sponsored

We need every Democrat to back this bill to get it passed. You can find a list full list of Democrats who have NOT yet co-sponsored here if you’d like to contact them as well!

For talking points and writing guidelines, please see below.

how to express your support for hb 5434

Communicating in your own words is best, but here are ways to express your support that you can use as starting points, or to copy & paste. Explain why this is important to you.

  1. Presidential candidates rarely campaign in Connecticut. With the National Popular Vote Compact, HB 5434, every vote in CT would matter and candidates would pay attention to us. Do you favor the Compact? If not, why don’t you believe that every vote should matter equally?
  2. I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter in presidential elections.  What about Connecticut?  With HB 5434, the National Popular Vote Compact, our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA. Please let me know if you support the bill, and if not, why not?
  3. I’m writing to let you know I support HB5434, the National Popular Vote Compact that awards the presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide. The Compact would make one person, one vote a reality. Are you in favor of the Compact? If not, can you explain why every vote shouldn’t count equally, no matter what state you live in?
  4. I believe in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes. Under the current state-by-state winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes, it doesn’t work that way. Please support HB5434, the National Popular Vote Compact. Will you vote yes on HB5434? If no, why not?
  5. Please co-sponsor HB 5434 to elect the President by the popular vote in all 50 states. Please let me know if you support the bill, and if not, why not?
  6. Please support HB 5434 so that every vote matters equally when we elect our President. Will you vote yes?
  7. I think the candidate who gets the most votes should win. Please support HB 5434, the National Popular Vote Compact. Will you vote yes?
  8. Please co-sponsor HB5434 to help make one person, one vote a reality. Will you vote yes? If no, why not?
  9. Please co-sponsor HB5434, the NPV compact. In a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes.
  10. I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter. With HB 5434 our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA.

Legislators who have NOT co-sponsored National Popular Vote legislation

The National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434, made it out of committee but will only pass if Connecticut Democrats can stay unified in strong support for it.

To that end, we are asking every Democratic legislator to commit not
only to vote for the bill, but to co-sponsor it. Here is a list of legislators of legislators who have NOT yet co-sponsored National Popular Vote legislation this session – and their contact information!

Please call, email or write!

National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434, passes committee!

On a 9-8 party-line vote the National Popular Vote bill, HB 5434, passed out of the Government Administration and Elections committee yesterday!

In order to get the bill to the House floor for a full vote of the House of Representatives, we’ll need to show that there is strong support for the bill. The best way to do that is to recruit additional co-sponsors for the bill – we’ve now got 32 (see the full list here) but we need more!

Please call or email your state representative and state senator to ask them to co-sponsor now that the bill has left committee. Representatives can no longer say they want to see what will happen to the bill in committee. Please give them a deadline when you reach out: ask them to make a commitment to co-sponsor in the next week.

If you’re interested in more ways to help out, please fill out this quick 2 minute survey about ways to get involved.

Committee Vote on National Popular Vote Bill this Friday, Mar. 24

 Up or down vote to decide fate of bill

At its 11 am meeting on Friday, March 24th in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building (300 Capitol Ave. in Hartford) the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) committee will hold an up or down vote to decide the fate of Connecticut’s National Popular Vote legislation, H.B. 5434.
 

What you can do:

 
  1. If you’re able, we need you to attend this hearing. We must show the General Assembly that Connecticut citizens will not tolerate another President elected without the democratic consent of the people and another election where our votes don’t matter. Wear red, white and / or blue in support.
  2. Call and / or email your state representative and state senator, and email members of the GAE Committee in support of H.B. 5434. Several Democratic members of the GAE Committee have already voiced their support for the bill so it’s important to email those who haven’t. Please reach out to these legislators and BCC nvpconnecticut@gmail.com so we can track the numbers:
You can also reach out to the rest of the committee:

Popular Vote Compact would enable “one person, one vote”

A version of this letter by Cynara Stites appeared in the Chronicle.

The Electoral College flouts the democratic principle of “one person/one vote” in presidential elections because many citizens’ votes are disregarded by the Electoral College. Most states, including Connecticut, use the “winner-takes- all” method. These states cast all of their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who got the majority or plurality of the citizens’ votes in the state. That’s why Hillary Clinton got all seven of Connecticut’s Electoral College votes even though Donald Trump got 41.2% of Connecticut citizens’ votes. Many Trump voters whose votes were disregarded by the Electoral College live in eastern Connecticut.

Nationwide, over four million citizens voted for Clinton in states where Trump won the elections. Those citizens’ votes for Clinton translated into zero Electoral College votes for Clinton. That’s a lot of uncounted votes. Since the nationwide popular vote was first recorded in 1824, five presidential candidates who won the nationwide popular vote lost the elections in the Electoral College.

Repealing the 12th Amendment, which establishes the Electoral College, requires two-thirds of the House and Senate and three-fourths of the state legislatures to vote for repeal. This won’t happen any time soon.

The proposed National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will assure that the presidential candidate who wins the majority of votes nationwide will be elected President by the Electoral College. States who sign on to the compact will pledge to cast their Electoral College votes for the candidate who wins the national popular vote. The compact will go into effect when it has enough states to cast the majority of Electoral College votes.

This will assure that no American’s vote will be disregarded, the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote will win the election, and the election will really be a democratic “one person/one vote” election.

Popular vote compact would make your vote matter

A version of this letter by Jen Panko was published in the Norwich Bulletin.

In its March 1 editorial, “Take the long route toward popular vote,” The Bulletin supported a constitutional amendment creating a system “in which the person with the most votes always wins” even though it recognizes it “may be near impossible.” It believes the National Popular Vote Compact, which guarantees the presidency to the winner of the popular vote, would “disconnect” voters from their electoral votes. It wouldn’t.

The Constitution says “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Nothing about winner-take-all appears in the Constitution. Because Connecticut uses winner-take-all, the 673,215 voters who cast ballots for Donald Trump could have stayed home; they had no impact on the outcome. How did that “connect” Trump voters to anything?

The Bulletin suggests a better alternative is to allocate electoral votes in proportion to Connecticut votes cast for each candidate. Why does The Bulletin believe joining the compact is subversive but its alternative isn’t?

If you believe every vote cast for president should matter equally and the winner should be the candidate who receives the most votes, ask your state legislators to support H.B. 5434 to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

State should join Popular Vote Compact

A version of this letter by Michael Barker was published in the Trumbull Times.

The voters of Connecticut have an important opportunity to make sure that all of their votes are counted in the election of the President and Vice President. The opportunity is for the Connecticut legislature to agree that the winners of these two national offices should be decided by a national popular vote. This means that all voters, whether they are in the majority or the minority in Connecticut, would have their votes counted directly in the national elections.

Under the current electoral college system, most states have a winner-take-all approach, which awards all of the state’s electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the most votes within the state. This means that all of the individual votes by the minority are negated and do not count directly towards the national election. It also means that the voters in different states have unequal weight because of how the electoral college is composed. As a result, national campaigns focus their time and money on just a few swing states, and do not pay much attention to states like Connecticut, which are not seen as competitive.

These and other problems can be cured by the National Popular Vote Compact, which is a proposed agreement among the states that they will award all of their electoral college votes to whichever candidate receives the most individual votes nationally. The Connecticut bill to join the Compact, H.B. 5434, is pending in the Government Administration and Elections Committee. More than 100 people turned out to the GAE Committee hearing on the Compact on February 22, the most any on the committee could remember ever having attended—truly grassroots support on display. The bill has been endorsed by Governor Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Wyse, and Majority Leader Duff, among others.

The Compact has already been adopted by 10 states and the District of Columbia, representing 165 electoral votes. The Compact would go into effect once adopted by states representing a majority of the electoral votes – 270 out of 538. The electoral college is preserved, but the states would now direct that their electoral votes be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote.

Connecticut should join this effort to make sure that all votes are counted equally in selecting the President and Vice President. Presidential campaigns would have to reach out to all voters, including in Connecticut, and not just those in swing states. All Connecticut voters, both majority and minority, would have a greater incentive to vote because their votes matter nationally. I hope everyone in Trumbull will join me in supporting H.B. 5434 and ask our representatives to stand up for equal voting for national offices.

The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President

League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut to host panel discussion at Westport Country Playhouse

Leading experts, academics, and historians to debate the merits of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

With accusations of voter fraud and “rigged” elections still fresh in the minds of Connecticut residents, a divisive presidential election only months past, and a current contentious national political landscape, the debate between voter integrity and voter suppression rages. To understand what underlies these competing concerns, the League of Women Voters and National Popular Vote Connecticut present The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President, a moderated panel of four experts discussing the merits of the National Popular Vote. The debate and discussion on Thursday, March 2, at 7:00pm at the Westport Country Playhouse features four experts and will include an opportunity for questions from the public.

Panelists:

Mark Albertson, historian

Hendrik Hertzberg, essayist

Luther Weeks, CT Voters Count

Moderator:

Victoria Bassetti, Brennan Center for Justice

This is a nonpartisan event, free and open to the public.  Due to limited seating, please reserve your seat in advance by calling the Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177 or emailing boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org.

 About the Co-Sponsors

The League of Women Voters of Westport is a nonpartisan political organization, encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.  www.lwvwestportct.org

NPV-CT is a bipartisan grassroots group advocating for the application of a “one person one vote” philosophy to presidential elections, specifically through the adoption in Connecticut of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

About the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC)

The National Popular Vote Compact is an agreement between states to allocate all of their state’s electors to the Presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.  The NPV Compact has been enacted into law by 11 states already, and NPV bills are before the Connecticut legislature now. 

Participating Speakers

Victoria Bassetti, moderator

Victoria Bassetti is a fellow at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice and the author of Electoral Dysfunction, the companion book to the documentary. She worked on Capitol Hill for almost a decade, where she served as chief counsel to Senator Dick Durbin as well as chief counsel and staff director of a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago and Harper’s.

Rick Hertzberg

Rick Hertzberg is an American journalist, best known as the principal political commentator for The New Yorker magazine. He has also been a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and editor of The New Republic, and is the author of ¡Obámanos! The Rise of a New Political Era and Politics: Observations & Arguments. In 2003, Harvard Magazine termed him “the most stylish liberal political essayist in America,” and in 2009, Forbes named Hertzberg one of the “25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media,” placing him at number seventeen.

Luther Weeks, CTVotersCount

Luther Weeks is a retired software engineer and computer scientist. He was active for several years in voting integrity issues and citizen-lobbying the Connecticut Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Weeks’ efforts in Connecticut contributed to the passage of the paper record law in 2005 and the selection of optical-scan over DRE (touch screen) voting equipment in 2006. Since 2007, he has organized citizen volunteers to observe Connecticut’s post-election audits, independently report on those audits, and perform citizen audits of other aspects of the election system.

Mark Albertson
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America.  He has authored several book, teaches history as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College, and is an instructor at the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Contacts for Comment

NPV-CT, Jonathan Perloe, npv.ct.compact@gmail.com

LWV Westport, Sheila Ward, lwvwestportct@yahoo.com

Press RSVP to: Michael Barker, mbarker@gmail.com

In Brief

What: The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President

When: March 2 at 7:00p.m.

Where: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport.

This is a nonpartisan free event open to the public, but due to limited seating please reserve your seat in advance by calling the Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177 or emailing boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org.