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.

One person, one vote principle violated

A version of this letter by Jean Koeppel, director of Democracy Awakens Connecticut, was published in the Register Citizen

Reform the Electoral College so the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for president.

Many believe we are a democratic country, maybe even the top democracy in the world, but the United States was founded as a Constitutional Republic. And as of last month, the Democracy Index Report (issued annually by The Economist, Intelligence Unit) has demoted the U.S. to a “flawed democracy.”

The Economist uses a range of criteria to rank the leading democracies in the world, but one clear benchmark is a county’s ability to hold free and fair elections. According to the report, the fact that the winner of a U.S. presidential election is not necessarily the person who receives the most votes is undemocratic. Our leaders are not elected directly by the people. They are elected by electors that represent the people.

There are 538 electors that form the Electoral College, a group of citizens appointed by the political parties in each state. The Electoral College violates the principle of “one person, one vote” because it awards more voting power to people in small states.

For example, half a million Wyoming voters are represented by 3 electors. If California had equal representation, it would get about 229 electors. But it only gets 55.

It takes just over 2 1/2 Connecticut votes to equal 1 vote in Wyoming. It takes 3 1/2 Texan votes to equal 1 vote in Vermont.

Presently, there is no way to hold free and fair elections in our modern constitutional republic. And it is highly unlikely that the U.S. Constitution will be amended anytime soon to guarantee that the popular vote wins a presidential election.

But that’s where the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) comes into play. This compact is an agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NPVIC would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes.

This Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., the Connecticut General Assembly is holding a public hearing at the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford to determine if Connecticut should pass the National Popular Vote Bill (H.B. 5434).

This is not the first time a public hearing has been held for this bill. However, in part, due to lack of public interest, the National Popular Vote Bill has still not found its way through the Senate to be passed.

It’s time to reform the election system for president so that our votes here in Connecticut matter. The General Assembly should put Connecticut’s interests first this session by passing national popular vote legislation. Electing the president by popular vote would put Connecticut — and the concerns of all its citizens — back on the electoral map.

For more information about how you can demonstrate your support for this bill and to attend the public gathering and hearing on Wednesday, visit www.democracyawakensct.org or www.npvct.com.

Connecticut should support the national popular vote

The General Assembly should put Connecticut’s interests first this session by passing national popular vote legislation. Electing the president by popular vote would put Connecticut – and the concerns of all its citizens – back on the electoral map.

In the current state-by-state, winner-take-all Electoral College system, a handful of swing states decide each presidential election. While Connecticut residents watch far-flung rallies on the nightly news, presidential candidates shower swing states with attention. Once elected, our presidents reward these states with disproportionate amounts of federal funding.

As the federal government doles out hundreds of billions of dollars in grant funding each year, swing states receive on average 7.5% more in grants. They’re twice as likely to get presidential disaster declarations and the federal funds that come with them. Moving to a national popular vote would help Connecticut get its fair share because a popular vote, in President Trump’s words, “brings all the states into play.”

It may be surprising to find President Trump, and other Republican leaders like Newt Gingrich, agreeing with progressives like Howard Dean and Jill Stein on this issue. Yet here in Connecticut, national popular vote legislation has received favorable, bipartisan recommendations from the Government Administration and Elections committee four times in the last eight years. This widespread agreement stems from the fact that a national popular vote would better represent the views of citizens across the political spectrum.

The current Electoral College system effectively disenfranchises millions of Americans in predictably red and blue states. Few should understand this better than Connecticut Republicans, whose votes for president haven’t mattered since 1988, when George H.W. Bush won the state. Their votes – and their views – should count for just as much as those of citizens in other states, but they don’t.

Meanwhile, Democrats are still bruising from Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College loss, despite her popular vote victory of nearly 3 million votes. Should the votes of these millions of men and women carry no weight? In an election decided by less than 100,000 votes in three states, the votes of more than 200,000 Connecticut citizens essentially didn’t count because they were cast on the wrong side of state lines. Is that fair?

Given the 2016 results, Republicans may fear that moving to the popular vote would hurt their party (although the President certainly doesn’t think so). But in 2004, had 60,000 Ohio voters switched from George Bush to John Kerry, Bush would have won the popular vote by a margin similar to Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory but lost the presidency.

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.

Joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact can help Connecticut get its fair share and help our state lead the nation towards a more equitable, more representative and more perfect Union. Already adopted by ten states and the District of Columbia, 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.

Governor Malloy has joined leaders of both parties in expressing his support for this national popular vote legislation. It’s time for the legislature to send the national popular vote bill to his desk so he can sign it.

A version of this piece by Steven Winter has been submitted to the Hartford Courant as an editorial.

Put Connecticut First and Support The National Popular Vote Compact HB 5434

A version of this letter by Stephanie R. Paulmeno, MS, RN, NHA, CPH, CCM, CDP
CEO, Global Health Systems Consultants, LLC appeared in the Greenwich Free Press.

The National Popular Vote Compact, H.B. 5434 is coming up shortly before Connecticut’s Government Administration and Elections Committee. What it achieves is that when States holding enough popular votes sign onto this compact it becomes effective nation-wide; henceforth the winner of the National Popular Vote in a presidential election becomes the winner of the Electoral vote AND THE PRESIDENCY. A presidential candidate will be voted in (or out) by ALL the people. Equally important, this action is within the four corners of the Constitution, and would not necessitate an amendment.

It has bi-partisan support on the committee and the committee has already recommended it for approval four times. Why bipartisan support? Because this could impact a Democratic candidate with equal negating impact as it would a Republican candidate. The compact has already been adopted by 10 states and the District of Columbia. Governor Malloy has aligned with leaders from both the Democratic and Republican Parties in support of the National Popular Vote Bill. The people of Connecticut deserve an equal vote in deciding who assumes the presidency in a national election. Under the status quo today, a small handful of battleground states get to elect the country’s president and we in Connecticut are no more than mere spectators in the national process. Even post-election, it is those same battleground states that receive the higher proportion, about 7 %, of presidentially controlled or influenced grants. Candidates know where their bread is buttered and which states are not worth their time or their “ear.” Connecticut needs to get into play!

Currently, using the state-by- state winner-takes- all philosophy, the people of Connecticut and the rest of the predictably “red” AND “blue” states are, in essence, disenfranchised. In Connecticut, which is a traditionally blue state, the votes and views of our Republican voters have been basically unheard. Why should all the bi-partisan voices of the people of Connecticut be of lesser value than those of a mere handful of states that can be swayed by political pandering of one Party or the other to obtain their votes in a Presidential election? It is not right!  I would not be surprised if this is a factor in why many in Connecticut do not come out to vote! Their popular vote means nothing.

If we were to use the National Popular Vote results in elections, this would better represent the views of our Connecticut voters across the political spectrum. Connecticut legislators on both sides of the aisle need to “Put Connecticut First” and support the National Popular Vote Compact, HB 5434.

Citizen Group Forms to Pass National Popular Vote Interstate Compact in Connecticut

Greenwich & New Haven, CT – In the days following the November election, a nonpartisan grassroots movement sprang to life with the objective of getting Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Through social media and word of mouth, National Popular Vote Compact CT (NPV CT) has grown to include some 500 supporters from more than 45 towns across the state. A working group of approximately 20 activists—including students, young professionals, working parents, and retirees—is leading the effort. With HB 5434 likely to be raised by the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee of the CT General Assembly, the group is preparing to testify at the public hearing that it expects to be announced shortly.

Supporters of NPV CT believe that in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the nation’s leader should be the candidate who wins the most popular votes. Neither was true in this past election. Under the current state-by-state winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes, voters in Connecticut and other reliably blue or red states receive scant attention during the general election, except as a campaign “ATM.”

As Jonathan Perloe, a communications strategist living in Greenwich explains, “The NPV Interstate Compact is an elegant way to ensure that every vote cast for president matters equally, without having to abolish the Electoral College.” Under the Compact, all of the participating states’ electoral votes will be awarded to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states. The Compact takes effect once states possessing 270 electoral votes, the number required to elect the President, have joined.

Five bills to enter Connecticut into the Compact have been introduced in the General Assembly. Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney proposed Senate Bill 9, one of 10 bills that his spokesperson called “legislative priorities.” Representatives Matt Lesser and James Albis introduced HB 5434 with 10 co-sponsors. The measure is not new; it passed the House in 2009 and received bipartisan joint favorable votes in the GAE Committee in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

According to Andrea Levien, a third year law student at Yale University, “A key reason the bill has not passed both chambers in past sessions was for lack of public awareness.” That’s not true now says Steven Winter, a New Haven-based business operations professional who has led grassroots organizing on climate change and affordable housing. “The response to local outreach efforts has been tremendous in New Haven and around the state. People are excited when they learn how we can make elections more democratic.”

The Compact has been endorsed by numerous national groups, including the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, the Brennan Center for Justice, the National Latino Congreso, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. In Connecticut, chapters of the League of Women Voters and Common Cause have both testified in support of the bill.

Support for the Compact crosses party lines. Former Vice President Al Gore, and Jill Stein of the Green Party, favor the Compact. In 2014, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote, “This important project has the potential to transform the way we elect our presidents and to make sure all Americans have a voice in their future.” During President Trump’s first week in office the Wall Street Journal reported that he told Congressional leaders he was “interested in getting rid of the Electoral College and replacing it with a national popular vote.”

Many editorial pages have endorsed the Compact, including the Hartford Courant and the Connecticut Post. Citizen support for the Compact is widespread as demonstrated by a recently published op-ed co-signed by more than 50 members of Pantsuit Nation CT from 36 towns across the state.

NPV CT is currently focused on recruiting supporters to attend and testify at an expected GAE public hearing. Simultaneously, outreach is ongoing to educate the public about the benefits of the Compact and to counter objections of those who favor the status quo.

In response to one challenge by opponents of the Compact—that large cities would dominate rural areas—NPV CT Working Group member Lisa Kelly, a marketer of children’s books who recently moved to Guilford, explains, “The idea that a national popular vote system would favor large cities is not true. There are fewer than 50 cities in the U.S. with populations of more than 500,000. It’s the vast majority of the country—87 percent—that lives outside large cities that have the most voting power.” Adds Hilary Grant, a sales representative and long-time resident of New Haven, “It simply comes down to principles of democracy and equality—each and every one of us deserves an equal say. Whether I live in South Dakota or New Jersey should make no difference to the weight of my vote.”

Some see the Compact as an end-run around the Constitution. That view does not comport with the actual language of the Constitution explains Mel Sorcher, an organizational psychologist living in Westport. “The Constitution is silent on how states should allocate their electoral votes. It simply reads, ‘in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct’.” It wasn’t until 1824 that states adopted the winner-take-all system used by 48 of 50 states today. Greenwich attorney Sandy Litvack believes Connecticut voters, regardless of party preference, should have a greater say in the outcome. “The winner-take-all arrangement does not serve the interests of Connecticut voters, especially in comparison to battleground states.” The irrelevance of Connecticut to the presidential election is evident from general election campaign events. Of nearly 400 events, 94 percent were held in just 12 states, only one was held in Connecticut.

Writer, videographer and actor’s agent Rozanne Gates of Westport reports that NPV CT organizers are working on multiple fronts to encourage members of the GAE Committee to hold a public hearing. “We believe the NPV bill deserves a full and transparent airing so legislators can cast informed votes, taking into account the views of their constituents.” Past surveys have shown that three-quarters of Connecticut voters, including a majority of Republicans, think the candidate who gets the most votes in the country should become President.

To build awareness of the Compact public forums featuring advocates on both sides of the issue are being planned by NPV CT in Westport and with local partners in Greenwich; other locations are expected to follow. The organization’s digital presence is being expanded and new supporters are signing up every day. The group has a Facebook community (search National Popular Vote CT) a website at NPVct.com, and it can be followed on Twitter (@NPVct). Those who are interested can sign up for email alerts at eepurl.com/cuHqLj.

This op-ed by Rozanne Gates appeared in the Bridgeport Patch.

Popular vote would benefit Connecticut

This letter by Steven Winter was published in the New Haven Register.

In a recent letter criticizing those advocating for Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, Michael Maturo claims that they “should be more concerned with the desires, interests, and opinions of their (Connecticut) constituents.” In doing so, he argues that Connecticut benefits from “a small but deliberate bias in favor of less populous states.”

Yet, Maturo fails to realize that Connecticut’s interests are scarcely represented in the Electoral College, as candidates focus their energies on swing states, not less populous states. Connecticut’s votes — and its interests — are taken for granted.

Heeding the advice of National Popular Vote advocates like Sen. Mae Flexer is not only equitable — it will help put Connecticut’s interests first. In a national popular vote, when every vote counts and counts equally, candidates will refocus their attention on states with greater population density. Connecticut, the 4th most densely populated state, would obviously benefit from this.

While Maturo worries that New York and New Jersey would get all the attention, a renewed focus on densely-populated regions would spur new investments that benefit the entire Northeast. Imagine a highspeed rail line connecting the Northeast corridor: projects like this would benefit many citizens in Connecticut and neighboring states.

These projects would make wiser use of the nation’s tax dollars than the current system, which disproportionately rewards swing states with 7 percent more federal grant funding than “spectator” states and double the presidential disaster declarations.

The Electoral College is broken. Nearly three million votes cast for the nation’s highest office, including more than 200,000 in Connecticut, didn’t count because they were cast on the wrong side of state lines. Fixing the College and correcting this inequity can serve both the national interest, through better allocation of funds, and Connecticut’s interests, by putting it back on the electoral map.

 

National Popular Vote Compact is best remedy

This letter  by Ridley Knapp was published in the Greenwich Time.

I write in opposition to the current way by which the Electoral College operates. The Electoral College is an antiquated system, originally proposed by the Founding Fathers to separate the population of the United States from the executive branch. While it is correct that the Electoral College pulls power away from “large states and large population cities,” this power is not simply destroyed: it is given to smaller and swing states.

Yes, California contributed 4.3 million votes to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s plurality, but to simply say Donald Trump would win if you don’t count California is irresponsible and disenfranchising of literally millions of people. Trump would have won if the votes from California weren’t counted, but they were. Californians are Americans, too.

Now, let’s talk about math. If 38,872 voters, split between Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, had voted for Clinton instead of Trump, she would have won those three states and 280 electoral votes, winning the presidency. Are those 38,872 voters, less than two-thirds the population of Greenwich, really more deserving of deciding the election than 4.3 million Californians? The answer is, unquestionably, no.

The next question, then, concerns how this problem may be solved, and the easiest remedy is the National Popular Vote Compact. Article II of the Constitution, so “astutely” included by the Founding Fathers, states that, “each state shall appoint, in such manners as the legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Therefore, a state legislature may pass a law directing the states’ electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote. Many states have passed such laws, but they will not go into effect until states with a sum total of 270 electoral votes agree follow suit. Connecticut should be the next step of this compact.

The reformation of the Electoral College by way of the National Popular Vote Compact continues down a trail blazed by Supreme Court cases Baker v Carr (1962) and Gray v Sanders (1963). The latter case, widely known for its coining of the phrase “one man, one vote” stated that “the weighting of votes through the county unit system violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by giving more voting power to residents of particularly small rural counties.” It is not difficult to expand this logic to the current system under which the Electoral College operates.

I am a Democrat, but my support of the National Popular Vote Compact does not stem from political machinations. Republicans proved they could win a majority of votes in the 2014 midterms elections, winning 52 pecent of votes cast for House candidates, as well as winning the 2004 presidential election by a more than 3 million vote margin. The Republican Party can, have, and will again win the popular vote.

Therefore, I urge state Sen. Scott Frantz and state Representatives Livvy Floren, Mike Bocchino, and Fred Camillo to support S.B. 9 and H.B. 5205, and to do their parts to truly enfranchise the American people.

Compact Would Make Popular Vote Winner The President

This op-ed was published in the Hartford Courant. The author, Jonathan Perloe, is vice chairman of communications for the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. This was also signed by 54 members of Pantsuit Nation CT from 36 Connecticut towns.

Two days after Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election to Donald Trump, an online petition took off; it now has more than 4 million signatures. Recognizing that Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1 million ballots, it calls on the Electoral College to cast “faithless” votes to elect her president. I signed the petition out of anger, fear and despair of electing the most unqualified and dangerous person to lead our nation in modern history, perhaps ever.

I soon realized that altering the outcome of the Electoral College’s vote is a fool’s errand. As Vox commentator Andrew Prokop wrote, “electors overturning Trump particularly would certainly cause a constitutional crisis, because there is no world in which the Republican Party … would accept Clinton taking the presidency in this way.”

But I’m unwilling to stand idly by to see the second president this century take office without winning the popular vote. Connecticut should join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the compact, all of a state’s electoral votes would go to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact would take effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of electoral votes, the 270 required to elect a president.

The compact is a straightforward means of enabling the electorate to express its will without a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College. In two of the last five elections and nearly one of every 11 elections since 1789, the Electoral College has awarded the presidency to the loser of the popular vote. The Electoral College is an anachronism that has no place in our democracy. It was conceived by the founders to appease southern slave-owning states and for an anti-democratic fear of the uneducated hoi polloi. In “The Federalist Papers,” Alexander Hamilton was plainspoken about the need to ensure “that the office of president will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

The means by which we elect our president should not have its origins in racist, anti-populist motives. The apportionment of state electors in numbers corresponding to each state’s representation in Congress is an affront to the principle of one person, one vote. The votes of citizens in less populous states have far more weight than do votes from more populated states. Wyoming has a population of roughly one-half million and three electoral votes. If Connecticut’s citizens had the same voting power, it would have 18 electoral votes rather than seven.

The 18th-century voting mechanism distorts the political process by encouraging candidates to focus on just a handful of swing states that decide who will become president. The consequence on voting participation is substantial: last week in 14 states where the margin was close, 65 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, a 16 percent higher turnout than in the rest of the nation.

There is nothing nefarious about the compact. The U.S. Constitution states, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” In her 2013 testimony to the Government Administration and Elections Committee, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said, “this plan is consistent with the Constitution.” The compact has widespread public support. A 2009 poll in Connecticut showed 74 percent in favor of direct elections, including two-thirds of Republicans.

Eleven jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, have passed bills favoring the compact. They represent 165 electoral votes, more than half the number needed for activation. The bill enjoys bipartisan support. In 2014 Republican Newt Gringrich wrote, “America would be better served with a presidential election process that treated citizens across the country equally. The National Popular Vote bill accomplishes this … .”

Some state legislators argue the approach would disenfranchise voters because Connecticut electors would vote for the winner of the national popular vote, not the state’s winner. The argument lacks merit. The bill gives every individual’s vote equal weight, regardless of where they live.

Let’s elect the president as we do every other elected official in the country, by the winner of the popular vote.