2017 marked a historically successful legislative session in New Mexico! Our Common Cause New Mexico team was extraordinarily busy – we tracked 77 bills, 11 of which were priority bills for us this year. As you can see below, 9 of the 11 at...
For the second time in the last five elections, we’ve elected a president who lost the popular vote. And every year, voters in all but a few battleground states don’t have a real say in picking our president.
The winner-take-all Electoral College system that led to this anti-democratic outcome must be changed, so that voters in all 50 states have a voice in presidential Elections.
Here's how: Right now, most states award their electoral votes to the winner in their state, so candidates have no reason to campaign in states where they cannot possibly win or cannot possibly lose. Instead, they only compete in a handful of swing states, effectively ignoring voters in every other state in the union.
We can reform this broken system with National Popular Vote. States would award their “electors” to whoever won the nationwide popular vote -- regardless of how that candidate performed in their state. That would fix the problems of the Electoral College without needing to go through Congress or amend the Constitution.
This National Popular Vote compact won’t take effect until enough states joined in, but we’re closer to that than you might think -- 10 states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington)and the District of Columbia to sign on already, totaling 165 electoral votes of the needed 270. With the nation focused on the broken Electoral College, state lawmakers need to get behind the solution.