National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Picks Up Momentum in Connecticut, Gains New Relevance Because of Russian Meddling
The Connecticut legislature launched the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact into its 2018 session on Friday, February 16, 2018. Specifically, the Government Administration and Elections Committee put the bill on its concept list. Because the bill is a compact among states, its language will not vary from one state to the next. Therefore the debate will be about whether to pass the bill, and not about its terms.
The Compact has passed through a critical gate on the road to making Connecticut the critical next state to choose a truly democratic method of selecting the President of the United States.
A public hearing on the Compact legislation could occur as early as the week of March 5.
Russia Indictment Shows Importance of National Vote
Meanwhile also on Friday, the Department of Justice indicted a gang of Russian trolls for interfering in the 2016 Presidential election.
According to the indictment, the Russian defendants “communicated with a real U.S. person” who recommended they focus on altering the outcome in “purple” states, such as Colorado, Virginia and Florida. A “purple state” is one of the handful of swing states that both Presidential campaigns agreed could go either way. Because of the winner-take-all rule and the near certain outcome in most states, the voters in the swing states choose who will be the President in any reasonably close election. This is why states like Connecticut (typically voting Democratic) or Texas (typically voting Republican) don’t attract attention in Presidential elections. In total almost two-thirds of the votes in Presidential elections simply do not matter in determining who becomes President!
As Max Boot pointed out in Sunday’s Washington Post, “There is also considerable evidence that the Kremlin impacted the election, which was decided by fewer than 80,000 votes in three states.” No wonder the Russians were told to focus on “purple states” – that’s where their meddling could matter.
But the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would stymie this sort of focused intervention by Russians or any bad guys wanting to interfere with American voting. There would be no “purple” states because if this law were effective, every vote in every state would matter equally as much as every other vote in every other state.
As explained in an article by national security experts Ben Haas and Matt Olsen, if the winner of the national popular vote always became the President, “It would be more difficult for a foreign entity to sway many millions of voters scattered across the country than concentrated groups of tens of thousands of voters in just a few states. And it would be more difficult to tamper with voting systems on a nationwide basis than to hack into a handful of databases in crucial swing districts, which could alter an election’s outcome. Yes, a foreign entity could disseminate messages to major cities across the entire country or try to carry out a broad-based cyberattack, but widespread actions of this sort would be not only more resource-intensive, but also more easily noticed, exposed and addressed.”
Immediately after the indictment came out, U.S. national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said it provided “really incontrovertible” evidence that Russia interfered. It is also incontrovertible that if states want to protect their voting from Russian meddling, they should pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Don’t Miss Poll Results – Revealed February 21 in Hartford
On February 21, 2018, at 10:30 am, Making Every Vote Count (MEVC) will hold a news conference in the press room of the Connecticut State Capitol (4th floor) to unveil poll results showing the overwhelming popularity of the National Popular Vote in Connecticut. James Glassman, a former Connecticut resident and registered Republican who was a high-ranking official in the State Department under George W. Bush and a prominent magazine publisher, will represent MEVC at the press conference, and will be joined by respected pollster Andrew Claster, who conducted the poll.
Every Movement On A Roll Gets A Troll
Now we know the National Popular Vote movement is picking up steam: there’s a troll web site bizarrely claiming that making every vote count equally is the same as “eating” your vote. See this hungry claim at
Here’s a tip: see if you can find out who is bankrolling this website?
Making Every Vote Count is not afraid to identify itself. Seemakingeveryvotecount.com. See our bipartisan board. We are funded by this board. Also check out popular.vote.
We have retained Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations to handle our public affairs and Penn Lincoln Strategies to represent our views with the state legislature. Here are their contact points:
Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations, Inc.
Gene Sheehan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Tapper – email@example.com
Penn Lincoln Strategies
Chris VandeHoef – firstname.lastname@example.org
Liam Sweeney – email@example.com
We are not ashamed to tell you who we are!
And if you want, sign up to be a supporter of true democratic voting for President – let’s have a system where every vote in every state counts just as much as every other vote in every other state when as a country we choose the single most important elected office ever created: the Presidency of the United States.