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The National Popular Vote Compact

May give your vote more weight than ever before.  The Compact is an agreement that will effectively abolish the electoral college system and make the winner of the popular vote president.  Under the current system, presidential candidates vie for a handful of Battleground states while ignoring the vast majority of American votes.

Some states are considered Democrat (such as California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont), and other states are considered Republican (such as Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi.).  Presidential candidates, therefore, tend to ignore the voters in these states and instead concentrate on a small handful of states with a closer balance between voters expected to vote Democrat and voters expected to vote Republican.  These Swing states have enough electoral college votes to tip the election in their favor with only a small shift in the number of voters.

Under the current system, the 2024 election is expected to be decided by the votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  These five states represent 71 total electoral votes (11 + 16 + 15 + 19 + 10).  The Battleground or Swing state system that has evolved from the original electoral college system allowed President Trump to win the 2016 election, even though his opponent received 2.868.519 more votes.

The current failed system is why we all need to vote.

In the 2020 election, only 70.88% of eligible voters voted in California, the highest participation rate since 1952.  However, in Texas, only 66.73% of eligible voters voted.  California was almost predestined to have its electoral college votes awarded to the Democrat candidate, and Texas was almost predestined to have its electoral college votes awarded to the Republican candidate.  The presidential votes from voters in California and Texas (and most other states for that matter) had little meaning.  However, these votes, while not counted for the electoral college, were counted in the popular vote.

A dramatic gap between the popular vote and the electoral college results, such as that seen in 2016, demonstrates the need for the National Popular Vote Compact.  If the state legislatures are shown – by our popular vote – that the electoral college has failed, the legislatures will be pressured to join the National Popular Vote Compact.  Each vote case in contrast to the electoral college vote will be a vote in support of the National Popular Vote Compact.

Your vote will send a message, even if it is not counted in the electoral college.