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: