“It’s something I want to act upon in the House – it’s an important discussion.” – House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, April 19th, 2018, talking to the State Capitol Press Corps about House Bill 5421, An Act Adopting the Interstate Compact To Elect the President Of The United States By National Popular Vote.
With just 19 days to go before the official end to the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 Session, House Bill 5421 continues to gather support among lawmakers – our Hartford lobbyists tell us that the bill now has an impressive 66 sponsors in the House (out of 79 House Democratic Caucus members). It is currently on the House “Go List” and awaiting action.
This magic number for approval is 76 votes, based on the 150 lawmakers who currently make up the Connecticut State House. House Speaker Aresimowicz, who supports the bill (see his above quote), told the press corps yesterday he wants to see it called for a vote sometime soon.
This means that people still need to make their voices heard to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Connecticut has never been in a better position to become the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and allow its seven electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the National Popular Vote. Let yourself be heard in these critical final three weeks!
Media Update: James Glassman’s Op-ed Picked Up Statewide
"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."
-James K. Glassman
MEVC Board Member and former Ambassador James Glassman’s op-ed which ran in last week’s newsletter, “Why Every CT Voter Should Support the National Popular Vote,” has now been picked up and run in nine digital daily publications in Connecticut.
It also ran in the print edition of the New Haven Register on April 17th.
More MEVC Advertising in CT
MEVC has recently boosted its online ad campaign in Connecticut to include CT News Junkie, one of the most prominent and respected daily news sources covering the State Capitol. The ad (the same one which last week we reported is running on the Capitol Report news aggregation website) will run in constant rotation on the CT News Junkie site from now through the end of session, and it clicks through to this online petition asking people to support House Bill 5421.
What You Can Do Today: Spread the Word!
Share this newsletter
Like us on Facebook
Stay up to date on what’s happening in Connecticut and nationally.
Contact your legislator
Let them know that you’re counting on them to make sure your vote counts in the next Presidential election.
How to find your legislator
Contact your House Representative
Contact your Senator
Legislative Update: This Is the Week to Make Your Voice Heard!
House Bill 5421 (An Act Adopting the Interstate Compact To Elect the President Of The United States By National Popular Vote) – having been approved by the Government Administration and Elections Committee (GAE) in a 9-8 party line vote on March 19th – continues to await action before the State House of Representatives. The bill is now going through the customary procedural channels, as does every piece of legislation, and our lobbyists in Hartford expect it to be discussed internally by members of the House Democratic Caucus within the next week.
Our lobbyists continue to maintain close contact with House and Senate members on a daily basis, and say full House action on the bill is possible in the next two weeks. The good news is a strong coalition has formed around House Bill 5421, one that is unusually large for a legislative-based issue (75 House and Senate members in all, 66 in the House and 12 in the Senate) and gives our lobbying team confidence that some bipartisan support can be found when it eventually is brought for a full vote. Here is a full list.
What this means is this is the right time to make your voice heard at the Connecticut State Capitol. A new ad campaign appearing digitally in Connecticut (see below) is encouraging supporters to sign an online petition and publicly support this issue. Connecticut has its best chance yet to become the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and allow its seven electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the National Popular Vote. The time is now to speak up!
View MEVC’s Ad on CT’s Capitol Report
As we mentioned above, Making Every Vote Count has engaged in a digital advertising campaign in Connecticut on Facebook and on the state’s most prominent political news aggregation website, Capitol Report. The ads encourage people to click through and sign our online petition supporting House Bill 5421, and they also thank some of our strongest supporters in the legislature for their work to get this bill passed.
You can view the ad and the click-thru to the online petition here:
In March, MEVC videographer Michael Matthews spent a day at the State Capitol building to capture the thoughts of NPV supporters as well as several legislators from all over the State.
Additionally, Michael interviewed Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz andSenate President Martin Looney. We wrapped up the day by getting the Senate Chair, Mae Flexer to also do an interview.
Some notable comments by legislative leadership include:
“The new issue that arises this year is tampering with our elections…and they focus their efforts primarily on the swing states the small number of states that everyone knew were going to be in play.” Senate President Martin Looney
“Many states, on this issue and others, are now taking the lead if the federal government refuses to lead and protect our elections we’ll do it state by state.”Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz
“People can't feel confident about their vote if it doesn't count the same everywhere.” CT Secretary of State, Denise Merrill (From the media event)
“People are rising up and saying we must change the direction of this country, but we cannot do that until we feel confident in the system.” Senate Majority Leader, Bob Duff
“Connecticut will finally move forward on the national popular vote because people are clamoring for it.” Senate Chair, Mae Flexer
Here’s the full video:
Connecticut Legislative Update
Following the March 19th approval by the Connecticut Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee of House Bill 5421, the measure now awaits action by the full House. At this point, the most likely path forward for the bill’s being signed into law, and Connecticut thus becoming the 11th state to enter into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, is as follows:
There are only six weeks left in the 2018 Connecticut legislative session before it adjourns at midnight on May 9th. As of this writing, it is difficult to know precisely when House Bill 5421 will be taken up for a vote, given the uncertain nature of that chamber’s schedule.
Our State Capitol team continues to advocate on a daily basis for the bill to be taken up and then passed, by reaching out to lawmakers to ensure they are made aware of its urgency and merits.
We will continue to provide updates in this space as the Connecticut legislative session progresses.