Is “one person, one vote” really controversial? The case for the National Popular Vote
Two-thirds or more of Americans live in so-called “spectator states,” which include large states like California and Texas, as well as 12 of the 13 least-populous states. Why? Because it doesn’t make sense for candidates to campaign and spend in states that are a guaranteed win or loss under the current system. Those reliably “red” and “blue” states are left out of the process—while voters in a handful of “swing” states are left to pick who is president. Those states determine elections for no other reason than their even balance between Democrats and Republicans. We believe no American should be a spectator of democracy.
With the National Popular Vote, all votes are worth the same. The candidate who gets the most votes wins. Candidates will even be forced to take the drastic step of paying attention to those Americans in “spectator states,” bringing more people into the fold and leading to policies and plans that take everyone into account.
So with all the facts straight, what’s actually being done to make the National Popular Vote a reality? The answer: a lot.
Fifteen states and Washington DC have all approved the NPV Interstate Compact. They account for 196 votes in the Electoral College, meaning another 74 would make NPV a reality.
The path to 270 could come about in several ways. Texas + Arizona + North Carolina + Missouri = National Popular Vote. Pennsylvania + Minnesota + Georgia + Florida = a fairer democracy. So-called “swing states” don’t control the keys to a win—huh, just like a popular vote. Do the math for yourself below if you don’t believe me.
Regardless of the wonky “what if” game we can play with states that may pass laws to join NPV, the point of the compact itself is simple. The presidential candidate that wins the most votes wins the election. Four states joined the compact in this past year alone, as Colorado, Delaware, New Mexico, and Oregon became the latest states to sign on to the compact to take it over 70 percent of the way to the 270 votes needed. Today, the movement is closer than ever.
In a political system made complicated by unlimited money, gerrymandered maps, and out-of-control lobbying, NPV is simple. Let’s finally embrace one-person one-vote and pass this simple and effective reform.