TAKE ACTION >> The Electoral College is anti-democratic and must be reformed. Tell your state lawmakers to join the National Popular Vote compact.
For the second time in the last five elections, we’ve elected a president who lost the popular vote. And every election, voters in all but a few battleground states don’t have a real say in picking our president.
The winner-take-all Electoral College system that led to this anti-democratic outcome must be changed, so that voters in all 50 states have a voice in presidential Elections.
There’s a better way, called National Popular Vote, that’s already passed in ten states and DC. Tell your state lawmakers to sign on so we can fix the broken Electoral College.
Right now, most states award their electoral votes to the winner in their state, so candidates have no reason to campaign in states where they cannot possibly win or cannot possibly lose. Instead, they only compete in a handful of swing states, effectively ignoring voters in every other state in the union.
We can reform this broken system with National Popular Vote. States would award their “electors” to whoever won the nationwide popular vote -- regardless of how that candidate performed in their state. That would fix the problems of the Electoral College without needing to go through Congress or amend the Constitution.
This National Popular Vote compact won’t take effect until enough states joined in, but we’re closer to that than you might think -- 10 states1 and the District of Columbia have signed on already, totaling 165 electoral votes of the needed 270.
Common Cause has worked on this issue for years, and with the nation focused on the broken Electoral College, state lawmakers need to get behind the solution. Tell them to pass National Popular Vote in your state.
Activating the National Popular Vote compact would reshape our democracy for the better. Not only would it ensure that the person who actually got more votes wins the presidency, but it would also let candidates spend time engaging with voters in all 50 states -- big and small -- instead of just a handful of swing states.
Under National Popular Vote we don’t actually know who would have won this election, because it would have been run very differently, but we do know that we would have one winner -- the national popular vote winner -- and not two.
We can reach the 270 electoral votes needed to enact National Popular Vote this year if we all speak out. Please write to your state lawmakers today.
Americans know the Electoral College must be changed, and with bipartisan support in every state where it’s being considered, National Popular Vote is our best way to get there.
Thanks for all you do,
Karen Hobert Flynn, President
and the team at Common Cause
1) California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington have signed onto the National Popular Vote compact.