In order for elections to truly be free and fair, every eligible citizen must have the ability to cast a vote, and every one of those votes must be accurately counted and weighted equally. However, under our current system, this is not the case in presidential elections.
Because of the Electoral College, the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote does not necessarily win the White House, as we saw in both 2000 and 2016. And in each presidential election, candidates are pressured to only compete in a handful of swing states, effectively ignoring voters in every other region of the country. States like Florida, a swing state, receive lots of attention while states reliable to a party majority are completely tossed aside. It’s a disservice to voters of all backgrounds and political parties.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is the solution. It is a bipartisan agreement among the states who enact it to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the national popular vote.
This ensures that the winning candidate is the one with the most votes and that each American’s ballot counts equally. And it only goes into effect when enough states have signed on—currently, we’re over 70% of the way there. As of now, 15 states and Washington, D.C. have joined the compact: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Delaware and Oregon. Those states account for 196 of the 270 electoral votes needed–we’re just 74 away.
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact returns power to the people. It makes a vote in one state count just as much as a vote in any other, and it can even increase turnout. With the Electoral College, voters in states that always go red or always go blue feel no incentive to vote. With National Popular Vote, they can be assured that their voices matter.
- Every vote in every state would matter
- Votes become more equal across the country and millions of ignored voters are enfranchised
- Candidates run true national campaigns, campaigning in all states
- The Electoral College as envisioned in our Constitution remains intact and states retain control over elections