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The National Popular Vote bill (Status of HB 5421) passed out of the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee on March 19 (9-8 vote along party lines), passed out of the House of Representatives on April 26 (77-73 vote) and passed out of the State Senate on May 5 (21-14 vote). The bill is now headed to Governor Malloy's desk for signature!
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From Our Blog
Issue No. 10: Making Every Vote Count:
One more vote to go to make history in Connecticut!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Connecticut State House took a monumental step last Thursday when it approved House Bill 5421, An Act Adopting the Interstate Compact To Elect the President Of The United States By National Popular Vote, by a margin of 77-73.
Due to the work of our team in Connecticut, one of the largest coalitions in memory formed around the bill, with more than 75 members. And thanks to relentlessly positive messaging about the value of Connecticut joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, the state now stands two steps away from being the 11th state in the nation (plus the District of Columbia) to join the Compact.
Those two steps are 1) approval by the State Senate and 2) the signature of Governor Malloy. Our advocates remain hopeful the Senate will call the bill for a vote before the legislative session concludes on May 9th.
Making Every Vote Count Board Member and frequent spokesman James Glassman visited the State Capitol in Hartford on May 1st, talking with numerous Republican lawmakers about the virtues of letting national popular vote outcome decide the Presidential election. Mr. Glassman met with seven members of the Senate Republican Caucus, and the meetings were both cordial and highly productive.
If the State Senate does vote to approve House Bill 5421, it is strongly believed Governor Malloy will sign it into law. This means that people still have the opportunity to need to make their voices heard to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Connecticut stands on the precipice of joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and allowing its seven electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the National Popular Vote.
Let yourself be heard in this critical final week!
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CT Post - April 26, 2018
House gives support to joining National Popular Vote compact
By a slim margin, the House gave a thumbs up Thursday to Connecticut joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact... If Connecticut joined the interstate agreement, it would promise to give all seven of its Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote in presidential elections. So far 10 other states and the District of Columbia — with a collective 165 electoral votes — have made this promise... “In a National Popular Vote scenario, every vote in every state would matter,” said Rep. Daniel Fox, D-Stamford, who led passage of the bill.
Hartford Courant - April 26, 2018
House Debating Bill To Have Connecticut Join National Popular Vote Compact
State legislators were debating Thursday over joining an interstate compact that would ensure the state’s electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote... The issue has been highly controversial after close elections in which the eventual president, including Republicans Donald J. Trump and George W. Bush, were elected but did not win the national popular vote.
Greenwich Patch - April 24, 2018
Opinion: Voting Should Be Popular... With Everyone
The following op-ed was written by Connecticut State Rep. Livvy R. Floren (R-149th), Greenwich and Stamford:
Madeleine Albright says she is an optimist, but she worries a lot.
Me, too. I am very worried about the perceived partisanship and polarization of National Popular Vote (NPV). This is an initiative where reasonable people can agree to disagree, and it is not a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative idea.... When many of my Vassar classmates were reading Shakespeare and Aristotle, I was engrossed in Constitutional law cases. Marbury v. Madison, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, and Plessy v. Ferguson provided endless fascination and instilled within me a deep and abiding respect for the Constitution and for the wisdom of our nation's founders. In addition, my political science studies proved to me that both the federal and Connecticut constitutions are living, breathing documents, which encourage flexibility and thoughtful interpretation.... In the Connecticut General Assembly, we will be discussing H.B. 5421, which proposes to have our state join an agreement/compact to elect the President according to the will of the majority – one person/one vote.... According to recent polls, most Connecticut voters – Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated – support NPV.
New Haven Register - April 18, 2018
With a national popular vote, every vote will be counted
This is not a partisan matter. It hurts us all. In our last election, 102 million eligible Americans did not vote. Americans feel left out of the political process, and no wonder. For the majority of us, our votes for president don’t matter. Our presidential elections are decided by just a handful of purple states — eight to 12. In the last election, 94 percent of events were held in a dozen states. In other states, blue like Connecticut or red like Oklahoma, no one campaigns, and our votes make no difference... Connecticut’s legislature now has a chance to join 10 other states and the District of Columbia in passing a law that will eventually change the method of electing the president to the same way we elect them — by a popular vote. It is also how we elect the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors — every office but president... That must change...
Danbury Newstimes - April 11, 2018
Make Connecticut votes count (opinion)
National elections are decided in 12 battleground states and Connecticut isn’t one of them. Maybe it seems OK not to be bothered with all the hoopla and security problems that come with presidential candidate visits, but there is a lot more at stake for those states where votes in presidential elections don’t matter any more... It doesn’t have to be this way... Now it is time for the General Assembly to vote on H.B 5421 so those of us who live in Connecticut can again have a meaningful voice in national elections.
Connecticut Post - March 19, 2018
Debate over the National Popular Vote Compact continues at the Capitol
After gaining the support of Democratic leadership in February, a proposal to give all of Connecticut’s electoral college votes to the winner of the popular vote received hours of public comment at the Capitol Monday. Connecticut’s top elections official, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill testified in favor of the “one person, one vote” initiative, along with many local activists. Connecticut should become a compact member so it is no longer a “spectator state” in presidential elections, said Barry Fadem, president of the nonprofit National Popular Vote, Inc. He listed seven reasons the compact would benefit the state, including driving up voter participation, bringing more presidential candidate visits, television and radio advertisements to the state and reducing the influence of “battleground states,” both before and after elections....
CT News Junkie - Feb 21, 2018
National Popular Vote Proponents Say New Poll Shows Support
Armed with a new statewide poll that shows Connecticut voters support joining the National Popular Vote compact supporters made what seems to be a perennial pitch. The poll, commissioned by Making Every Vote Count (MEVC), an organization committed to election the President of the United States by national popular vote, showed that three-quarters of Connecticut voters believe the president should be the person who wins the most votes - nationally....
Hartford Courant - Feb 21, 2018
Poll Shows Strong Support for National Popular Vote
A new poll of Connecticut voters shows strong support for the national popular vote. The survey of 1,202 voters was commissioned by Making Every Vote Count, a non-partisan group dedicated to ensuring the president is elected by popular vote. It found that 92 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of unaffiliated voters support the concept....
Greenwich Time - Jan 28, 2018 (Letter to Editor)
Ensuring Every Vote Matters
At the recent breakfast hosted by the Greenwich state legislator delegation, a constituent asked whether the lawmakers would support a bill for Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The Compact is a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter — regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states — and to make the winner the candidate with the most votes. States that join the Compact pledge to award their Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states....
Politico - October, 2017
Is the Electoral College Doomed?
The Electoral College is under fresh assault on the heels of Donald Trump’s victory last November—the second time in five presidential races the popularly elected candidate lost the election—but it’s not due to any groundswell in Congress for a constitutional amendment to adopt a national popular vote. Instead, the most viable campaign to change how Americans choose their leader is being waged at booze-soaked junkets in luxury hotels around the country and even abroad, as an obscure entity called the Institute for Research on Presidential Elections peddles a controversial idea: that state legislatures can put the popular-vote winner in the White House....
RedState - January 8, 2018
Myra Adams: How To Adopt A National Popular Vote Without Changing The Constitution
“Currently, we elect the president of the Battleground States of America versus the president of the United States of America.”
... try to imagine a future U.S. presidential election with no battleground states. Instead, the entire nation becomes one giant battleground resulting in presidential candidates campaigning throughout the nation instead of just the 12 battleground states. Surprisingly, even as Trump was the victorious beneficiary of the Electoral College after losing the popular vote, in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview on November 13, 2016, then President-elect Trump said....
CT News Junkie - April 26, 2018
House Sends National Popular Vote to Senate
A bill allowing Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Compact passed the House Thursday by a vote of 77-73... The House vote came after four hours of debate on the issue... The bill now goes to the Senate where it’s fate is uncertain since that chamber has never debated the issue.
Hartford Courant - April 26, 2018
House Supports Connecticut Joining National Popular Vote Compact
State legislators voted narrowly Thursday to join an interstate compact that would ensure the state’s electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote... The House of Representatives voted 77-73 on a mostly party line vote. Three conservative Democrats joined with 70 Republicans against the measure. Only one Republican, Rep. Livvy Floren of Greenwich, voted in favor.
FoxNews 61 - April 8, 2018
The Real Story - State Senator Mae Flexer
...Sen. Flexer also discusses her support for a pending bill that would add Connecticut to the list of states that favor electing a president by popular vote, rather than electoral vote. That change has already been enacted in eleven states, with a 165 electoral votes, but it won't be effective nationally until it's approved in states representing 270 electoral votes (the number currently needed to elect a president). Connecticut's approval would add 7 electoral votes to the total..
Connecticut Post - Feb 26, 2018
Ken Dixon: National Popular Vote would make your ballot count
These days, partisanship is nearly to the extreme. And it’s going to get worse, in an election year with Connecticut’s blue color at stake. A lot of this attitude is filtering up from Washington like swamp gas, thanks to the prevailing flavor in the White House and Congress. One of the good things, though, is the resurgence of the National Popular Vote, an entity supported by 10 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 165 of the 270 electoral votes — there are 538 electoral votes in all — needed to give the next presidential election to the highest vote-getter, rather than the winner of a few large states....
CT Mirror - Feb 21, 2018 (Opinion)
A fairer, safer way to elect our presidents
Robert Mueller’s indictments last Friday confirm that even Russian hackers know where to find the people who elect America’s president. “The defendants and their co-conspirators,” says the federal court filing, “learned…that they should focus their activities on ‘purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.’”Under our system, the outcome of the winner-take-all contest in about 40 states is practically preordained when campaigning starts. So Russian election-disrupters — like U.S. presidential candidates — know where to put their resources. And it’s not in Connecticut, where Hilary Clinton became the seventh Democrat in a row to win the state’s electoral votes....
CBS Connecticut - Feb 21, 2018
National Group Urges Lawmakers To Join Presidential Popular Vote Effort
A national group trying to elect presidents by popular vote today urged Connecticut lawmakers to sign on to the idea. Making Every Vote Count Board Member James Glassman says the popular vote would give presidential candidates an incentive to visit states like Connecticut, that are currently taken for granted...
Washington Times - December 27, 2017 (Opinion)
Momentum builds for national popular vote
Ask yourself this question: Would our country be better served if our president was elected by national popular vote or by the current system of an Electoral College? We have become accustomed to the Electoral College, a system both comfortable and uniquely American. It harkens back to our founding. The Electoral College has considerable strengths: It guarantees that winning presidential candidate cannot ignore small states. It requires winning candidates to have broad political strength, rather than offering a regional candidacy. It has worked for more than two centuries. But it also has considerable drawbacks, and with each election cycle, questions are increasingly raised about whether the Electoral College has outlived its usefulness....
Townhall - January 15, 2018
Trump Still Reflecting on Election: Hillary Had No Clue How to Campaign
In a recent surprise interview with The New York Times, President Trump reflected on his massive electoral college win. More importantly, how Hillary managed to blow it. She spent too much time focused on the popular vote, he said. He, on the other hand, knew the importance of catering to the electoral college. His remarks give us a chance to take another look at the current election process - a process that The Institute for Research on Presidential Elections wants to shake up....
Huffington Post - January 10, 2018 (Contributor Column) Trump's Words And Actions Should Lead To Presidential Election Reform
It’s one thing if a president initiates extraordinary change, by controversial executive or judicial appointments and executive actions, including reversing our nation’s participation in current/future international organizations ― if that president was chosen by a greater number of Americans. Ronald Reagan was such a president. I was shaken by his overwhelming support, but Americans wanted him....
CT News Junkie - March 23, 2017 (Opinion)
It’s Time For Connecticut To Join The National Popular Vote Compact
Having seen the loser of the national popular vote win the White House in two of the last five presidential elections, I’ve been aware for years of the inequity of the current winner-take-all system of assigning states’ electoral votes. But winner-take-all does a disservice even when it “works,” that is, when the Electoral College winner is also the candidate for whom the most ballots were cast ... Presidential candidates put all their attention on 10 or so battleground states. Whether you look at ad spending, the number of campaign events, or more importantly the topics they discuss, it’s pretty obvious that safe states — be they Democratic or Republican — are mere spectators in the general election. Of nearly 400 general election campaign events in last year’s election, 94 percent were held in the battleground states. Only one was held in Connecticut...
New York Times - November 18, 2017 (Letters to the Editor)
A better Way to Elect a President?
The Electoral College needs to be mended, not ended. Rather than replace our winner-take-all system in most states with awarding electors based on the national popular vote, which would result in a cascade of challenges, particularly in a close election, the best option is for our states to change the way they allocate their electoral votes....
The Greater New Milford Spectrum - November 23, 2017 (Letter to the Editor)
Encourages support for National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
As people left the polls on Election Day, I’m sure they took for granted that their vote would matter and the candidates who received the most votes would be declared the winner. That’s the way it works for virtually every election in the U.S., except for the president.....