Tell Rep. Boyd you support National Popular Vote

Rep. Boyd could provide the decisive vote in the CT House. If you’re in Pomfret, Brooklyn, Eastford, Woodstock or Union, participate in his Facebook poll.

If you’re not on Facebook, please email Pat.Boyd@cga.ct.gov or call 860-240-1372 to let him know that you support HB 5421, the bill to elect the president by national popular vote.

National Popular Vote hearing! Mon. 3/19 10 am

TAKE ACTION BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING

The public hearing for HB 5421, the bill to have Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Compact, will be Monday, March 19th at 10 am in ROOM 2A of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave.

  1. Let us know if you can attend – sign up here.
  2. Whether or not you can make it, please email your State Representative and State Senator in support of the bill (you can use this tool from the National Popular Vote page to email them or look them up on the General Assembly site here).
  3. Please share a few paragraphs of your thoughts with the committee by submitting testimony – instructions below.

Writing testimony in support of the bill

If you’re interested in writing testimony in support of the bill for the public hearing you can find helpful information below and on our talking points page.

You must submit written testimony as a PDF or Word attachment to the Government Administration and Elections Committee at gaetestimony@cga.ct.gov (bcc us at npvconnecticut@gmail.com so we can track how many are sent in!).

You must include “Testimony H.B. 5421” in email subject line, and mention your support for H.B. 5421 at the beginning of your testimony.

Template Testimony

Dear Senator Flexer, Senator McLachlan, Representative Fox, and Distinguished Members of the GAE Committee,

I am submitting this testimony in support of HB 5421, the bill to have Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The Compact is a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states.

[A paragraph or more drawing on Talking Points below and your personal experience]

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your town]

[Any other contact info you’re comfortable providing publicly]

Talking points

● I want to have the president elected the same way you are: every vote matters and the candidate with the most votes wins.
● Electing the president by the national popular vote has majority support of CT voters across party lines. Overall 78%, including 62% of Republicans, 76% of Unaffiliated and 92% of Democrats agree that the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide should become president (polling by Making Every Vote Count, Feb, 2018)
● I urge you to support H.B. 5421, the proposal to elect the President by the national popular vote in all 50 states. That way CT voters would matter.
● Presidential candidates rarely campaign in Connecticut. With the National Popular Vote Compact, H.B. 5421, every vote in CT would matter and candidates would pay attention to us.
● I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter in presidential elections. With H.B. 5421, the National Popular Vote Compact, our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA.
● The National Popular Vote is constitutional, Article 2, Section I states, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” It’s up to states how to decide how to vote their electors.

● Please support H.B. 5421, 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.
● I believe in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes.

NPVct’s Comprehensive Hearing Guide

NPVct 2018 Public Hearing Testimony Guide

Overview of the National Popular Vote Compact

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among states to elect the President according to the will of the majority in a manner consistent with the Constitution. It’s a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states—and to make the winner the candidate with the most votes, just the way members to the CT General Assembly are elected.

States that join the Compact pledge to award their electors to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. The Compact comes into force once it has been adopted by states that collectively have 270 electoral votes, the number needed to elect the President.

To date, 10 states and the District of Columbia have joined the Compact, representing 165, or 61 percent, of the 270 electoral votes needed for the Compact to take effect.

League of Women Voters, Statement of Position:

“We support the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal on the constitutionality of the Compact:

“There’s no question about the constitutionality of the National Popular Vote. It is in no way a circumvention of the constitutional provisions. All it does is give the electoral votes of a state to the candidate who wins the popular vote. That is the right of states to do under our constitutional system.”

Ask these legislators to support the National Popular Vote bill!

The legislators below co-sponsored the 2017 National Popular Vote bill but have yet to co-sponsor this year’s bill, HB 5421.

Find your State legislators here: bit.ly/Find-Lawmaker

Please click the links below to email these legislators – particularly if you’re a constituent, live in a town they represent, or know them. These legislators are all Democrats. We also need Republican legislators to announce their support for the bill – only Representative Floren has announced her support for the bill!

Here’s some sample language:

Dear [Legislator],

Thank you for co-sponsoring last session’s bill to join the National Popular Vote Compact, HB 5434. Will you please co-sponsor this year’s bill, HB 5421? As the bill heads toward the House floor, we need your formal support.

Sincerely,

Title Name / Email Towns Served
Senator Mae.Flexer@cga.ct.gov Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson & Windham
Representative Rick.Lopes@cga.ct.gov New Britain, Newington
Representative Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov Stamford
We also need these legislators to announce their support for the bill – they’re still undecided!

Here’s some sample language:

Dear [Legislator],

Will you please support this year’s National Popular Vote bill, HB 5421? As the bill heads toward the House floor for a vote, we need your support.

Sincerely,

Title Name / Email Town
Rep. bruce.morris@cga.ct.gov Norwalk
Senator carlo.leone@cga.ct.gov Stamford & Darien
Rep. Chris.Ziogas@cga.ct.gov Bristol
Rep. dan.fox@cga.ct.gov Stamford
Rep. Danny.Rovero@cga.ct.gov Killingly, Putnam, Thompson
Senator gayle.slossberg@cga.ct.gov Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge
Rep. Jeff.Currey@cga.ct.gov East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor
Senator joan.hartley@cga.ct.gov Waterbury, Middlebury & Naugatuck
Rep. Pat.Body@cga.ct.gov Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union, Woodstock
Senator timothy.larson@cga.ct.gov East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington & South Windsor

If you prefer to call between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, here are the numbers for:

CT State House Reps Dems 860-240-8585

CT State House GOP 860-240-8700

CT State Senate Dems 860-240-8600

CT State Senate GOP 860-240-8800

National Popular Vote bill gets a number: H.B. 5421!

The National Popular Vote bill has gotten a number, H.B. 5421 – ask your legislator to co-sponsor!

Now you can ask your legislator to co-sponsor the bill! Please email  your CT State Representative and CT State Senator and ask them to formally add their name to the bill. If you’re not sure who your CT State legislators are, you can use this tool from the National Popular Vote page to email them or you can look them up on the General Assembly site here. The National Popular Vote bill can be found on the Connecticut General Assembly website on this page.

Writing testimony in support of the bill

Writing testimony in support of the bill

If you’re interested in writing testimony in support of the bill for the public hearing you can find helpful information below and on our talking points page.

You must submit written testimony as a PDF or Word attachment to the Government Administration and Elections Committee at gaetestimony@cga.ct.gov (bcc us at npvconnecticut@gmail.com so we can track how many are sent in!).

You must include “Testimony H.B. 5421” in email subject line, and mention your support for H.B. 5421 at the beginning of your testimony.

Template Testimony

Dear Senator Flexer, Senator McLachlan, Representative Fox, and Distinguished Members of the GAE Committee,

I am submitting this testimony in support of HB 5421, the bill to have Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The Compact is a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states.

[A paragraph or more drawing on Talking Points below and your personal experience]

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your town]

[Any other contact info you’re comfortable providing publicly]

Talking points

● I want to have the president elected the same way you are: every vote matters and the candidate with the most votes wins.
● Electing the president by the national popular vote has majority support of CT voters across party lines. Overall 78%, including 62% of Republicans, 76% of Unaffiliated and 92% of Democrats agree that the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide should become president (polling by Making Every Vote Count, Feb, 2018)
● I urge you to support H.B. 5421, the proposal to elect the President by the national popular vote in all 50 states. That way CT voters would matter.
● Presidential candidates rarely campaign in Connecticut. With the National Popular Vote Compact, H.B. 5421, every vote in CT would matter and candidates would pay attention to us.
● I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter in presidential elections. With H.B. 5421, the National Popular Vote Compact, our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA.
● The National Popular Vote is constitutional, Article 2, Section I states, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” It’s up to states how to decide how to vote their electors.

● Please support H.B. 5421, 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.
● I believe in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes.

Overview of the National Popular Vote Compact

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among states to elect the President according to the will of the majority in a manner consistent with the Constitution. It’s a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states—and to make the winner the candidate with the most votes, just the way members to the CT General Assembly are elected.

States that join the Compact pledge to award their electors to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. The Compact comes into force once it has been adopted by states that collectively have 270 electoral votes, the number needed to elect the President.

To date, 10 states and the District of Columbia have joined the Compact, representing 165, or 61 percent, of the 270 electoral votes needed for the Compact to take effect.

League of Women Voters, Statement of Position:

“We support the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal on the constitutionality of the Compact:

“There’s no question about the constitutionality of the National Popular Vote. It is in no way a circumvention of the constitutional provisions. All it does is give the electoral votes of a state to the candidate who wins the popular vote. That is the right of states to do under our constitutional system.”

 

National popular vote bill raised – hearing coming soon!

National Popular vote bill raised – hearing to be scheduled

We’re excited to announce that the national popular vote bill (bill number coming soon!) was raised by the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) committee on Friday! That means that the bill will be drafted and there will be a hearing in Hartford in the near future.

Sign up for email updates for details on the date and time of the hearing – it could be as soon as the week of February 26th. Due to the hard work of our grassroots group last year, 7 of the committee members co-sponsored the bill last session. We’ll post information on how to write testimony for the upcoming hearing but in the meantime here is some guidance about what you can do.

What you can do:

  1. Call or email state representative and state senator (find them here) and let them know that you support the bill. Be sure to BCC npvconnecticut@gmail.com so we can track the number of supportive emails.
  2. Share this post and spread the word – once we know the date and time, we’ll be holding a rally at the state house the day of the hearing.
  3. Email members of the GAE committee (and BCC npvconnecticut@gmail.com) voice your support. In particular, let House committee chair Representative Dan Fox know you’re in favor and thank our supporters. Here are the GAE committee members:

Sign petition calling for CT candidates for state office to support NPV

Isn’t it time to make every vote matter? Sign our petition to urge Connecticut candidates for state office to pledge support for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

You will not be spammed with emails if you sign this petition – but we’d love it if you opted in to receive updates from us :).

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!