The League of Women Voters has for forty years supported direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President and that the Electoral College should be abolished. The League supports the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of direct popular vote for election of the president, until the abolition of Electoral College is accomplished.
The National Popular Vote Plan is an agreement among the states to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in ALL 50 states & D.C.by reforming the Electoral College without the need for a constitutional amendment.
This is a non-polarizing issue with support from both major parties. The National Popular Vote is aligned with the LWV mission to encourage participation and make every vote equal. The current system using the winner-take-all rule, awards all of the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in the STATE instead of the candidate who receives the most votes in the Country. Winner take all rule was not the Founders choice and not in the Constitution. It was used by only 3 states in the first presidential election in 1789.
There are two major problems with the current system: (1) A candidate can win without getting the most popular votes in all 50 states (wrong winner!). (2) This causes 35 states and VOTERS to be ignored in non-competitive states. In 2008, 98% of all dollars was spent in just 15 battleground states.
The current system of awarding electoral votes to state winners repeatedly comes close to electing the 2nd place candidate. This has happened 4 times in 56 presidential elections . . . 1 in 14. If you exclude the landslide elections without a close count, the failure rate is 1 in 7.
The “National Popular Vote” bill preserves the Electoral College while reforming state winner take all laws so that the Electoral College reflects the vote of the people in all 50 states and DC. The Constitutional Basis was provided by the founding fathers in Article II, Section1. The Founding Fathers gave states a built-in mechanism for changing the way they award their electoral votes. “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct a number of Electors…”
The National Popular Vote Plan does not require a constitutional amendment. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all the electoral votes from enacting states, would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in ALL 50 STATES and DC. So there will be two groups of states : (1). The enacting states (about 25) that are necessary to bring the compact into effect and (2) all 50 states and DC that will be added together to determine the winner.
There is great support for the National Popular Vote Bill which has already passed more than 31 legislative chambers in 21 states. It has been endorsed by over 2,110 state legislators, has broad public support, endorsed by major newspapers across the county and dozens of other national organizations including the League of Women Voter of United States, Common Cause as well as many of both Republican and Democratic present and former Congressmen.
The National Popular Vote Bill guarantees that the presidential candidate with the most popular votes in the entire county will win the office, that every voter in every state will be politically relevant in every presidential campaign, and that every vote will be equal in every election!
The LWV, open to men as well as women, is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government. For information about the LWV, visit the website: www.lwvmontco.org or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47933