Monday, February 26th:
Ken Dixon: National Popular Vote would make your ballot count
The CT Post reports on MEVC’s presence in Connecticut as a positive sign of the “resurgence of the National Popular Vote.” Dixon quotes liberally from MEVC spokesperson and former CT resident Jim Glassman, a State Department Assistant Secretary in the George W. Bush administration.
“This kind of change is doable,” Glassman, a Republican, said. “It’s doable nationwide. It’s doable in Connecticut. And it’s urgent, given the state of America today. This is a completely nonpartisan view. People want to reconnect with their government, and this change will give them that opportunity.”
Dixon also notes that “one important person who changed his opposition to the idea, is Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin.” He then adds, “If you’re interested in the issue, contact you state representative and senator. It’s an election year. So they have to listen to you.”
Here’s a link to the full story.
Tuesday, February 27th:
Legislative Leaders Hold Media Event in Support of National Popular Vote
Democrat leaders of CT’s House and Senate addressed a large group of media and supporters on Tuesday to launch a push for passage of the NPV Compact in this year’s legislative session. Coverage by The Hartford Courant included the following:
“I reject the notion that citizens of America in 2018 can’t be trusted to directly elect their president,” Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney said at a press conference at the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon. Looney was accompanied by House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and about a dozen other legislators who support Connecticut joining the national popular vote interstate compact.
Rep. Matt Lesser said he’s been working on the issue since 2009, “long before the 2016 presidential election, simply because it makes sense.” He said this year is different than years past because the public has been more involved in making their vote count. Lesser said he’s optimistic that their momentum will get the legislation passed this year.
Last week, a poll of Connecticut voters showed strong support for the national popular vote determining who becomes president. The survey of 1,202 voters was commissioned by Making Every Vote Count, a nonpartisan nonprofit. It found that 92 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of unaffiliated voters surveyed support the concept.
The national popular vote compact was raised by the government administration and elections committee on Feb. 16 and again on Feb. 23 and activists believe a hearing on the bill could be as early as next week. During the last legislative session a similar bill had 68 co-sponsors and in the past, similar efforts have also fallen short.
This year, joining the Democrats who support the compact are two Republican senators who have “shown encouraging signs” to do the same, National Popular Vote CT said.
Here’s a link to the full story.
Wednesday, March 7th:
MEVC Releases One-Minute “Voices of CT” Support Video
MEVC videographer Michael Matthews was at the State Capitol last week to capture the thoughts of NPV supporters as well as several legislators from all over the State. Listen to a few of the 76% of CT voters who want their president elected by the national popular vote.
Click to view the video below....