Colorado has joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
SB 19-042 the NPV proposal, passed both the Colorado Senate and the House and has been signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. Hooray!
Listen to our League president here. Her four-minute spot on NPV was heard on KGNU-FM Community Radio on February 26, 2019.
NPV brings Colorado's nine electoral college votes into the NPV Compact to help reach the 270-vote threshold.
"You'll hear these 4 arguments in defense of the electoral college - here's why they're wrong" - The Conversation, March 27th, 2019.
Although NPV offers no advantage to either major political party, it has aroused Republican opposition. Listen to Michael Steele, former Republican Party official, interview Dr. John Koza, NPV originator, here. With NPV candidates would pay attention to ALL states, not just a handful of “battleground” states. They would not be inclined to take positions on issues and make campaign promises that benefit those few states but possibly injure the rest—like taking Florida’s side to the detriment of Georgia on an issue on which Florida and Georgia are at odds. Read Koza's book here.
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Imagine the Power of the Popular Vote for Presidential Elections
In the United States, the office of the President is determined by the electoral college: a system by which “electors” in each state, chosen by candidates’ political parties represent the votes cast for President in that state.
Candidates receiving a national total of 270 or more electoral college votes can win the election, even if they don’t win the popular vote.
The League of Women Voters has long held the position that the direct popular-vote method for electing the president is essential to a representative government.
The NPV Compact, or NPV Agreement, is a method to achieve the direct election of the U.S. President without amending the U.S. Constitution.
States that enact the NPV award all their electors to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.
This agreement will take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by enough states to have a majority of the electoral votes (270 are needed for a majority). In this way, the person with the most votes is guaranteed to have the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
The League of Women Voters believes the NPV is an acceptable, fair and more democratic alternative to the electoral college.
There are three primary reasons for adopting NPV:
(1) In the current system, general campaigns ignore voters in bystander states (states where the outcome is relatively certain) while heaping attention on voters in swing states
( 2) voter turnout in bystander states (45%) is significantly lower than voter turnout in swing states (60%)
(3) the person with the most votes should win, and every vote should count equally. A system in which candidates with fewer popular votes become president can lead to cynicism
For the NPV to go into effect, enough states must join the Compact to reach the 270-vote electoral college threshold.
Already, eleven other states have enacted the NPV Compact, reflecting 172 of the required 270 votes.
To join LWVBC’s National Popular Vote Team, contact us at (303) 499-4544.