National Popular Vote Inc. is a
501(c)(4) non-profit corporation whose specific purpose is to study,
analyze and educate the public regarding its proposal to implement a
nationwide popular election of the President of the United States.
Voters in many states dream of the day when their vote for
president will count just as much as those of voters in the handful of
battleground states such as Florida and Ohio. Now, with the
the 2008 presidential primary and the proportional delegate allocation
that most state parties followed in the Democratic primaries, voters
a taste of what it would mean if every vote did matter — the
result being record-breaking
If every vote counted in the November presidential
elections, we could expect similar broad-based gains in voter
turnout. Voters are well aware of whether or not their
votes count, and this is evidenced in polls
that show wide, bi-partisan support of approximately 70% for a national
emphasize that not only does the traditional Electoral College lead to
elections narrowly focusing on a few states, but that the problem is in
getting worse. One
result is that
critical issues for non-swing states are given less focus in national
debate. An example
is the civil rights movement, where the historic shift away
African-American swing states has paralleled the narrowing discussion
rights in campaigns and the national dialogue.
campaign to make every vote count in presidential general elections is
on passing an interstate
compact where states agree to apportion their presidential
electors to the
winner of the national popular vote (NPV).
The compact will become effective when a majority of electors are
included under the agreement. The
movement to enact this compact is rapidly gaining steam in states
country — Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Illinois have
enacted the compact
and it has passed 18 state legislative chambers.
In a lively, sometimes contentious, conference at MIT on the problems
and merits of the Electoral College, a group of scholars looked into
what one called the "fun house mirror of electoral politics" and
debated its reflections of federalism, states' rights and equality.
We urge Iowa and other states to sign onto the plan so that by the next
presidential election, every vote will be counted, and every state will
matter in what we hope will be a truly nationwide campaign.
On April 2nd, the Maine Senate passed a National Popular Vote bill, LD 1744, that would guarantee that the Presidential candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states wins the Presidency.The
bill is an interstate compact, which would take effect only when states
possessing a majority of the membership of the Electoral College (that
is 270 of 538 electoral votes) enact similar statutes.