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National Popular Vote Compact

On March 14, 2017 at the last hearing on NPV over 200 people submitted written testimony and 30 people testified in person. Currently the League of Women Voters of Oregon is watching SB 823.images

In a Register-Guard article written by one of our own League members (LWV Clackamas), Marge Easley said, “The National Popular Vote bill has already been enacted into law in 10 states and the District of Columbia, representing 165 electoral votes, which means 105 more electoral votes are needed. It has passed a total of 35 legislative chambers in 23 states, with the New Mexico Senate being the most recent on Feb. 20. It passed the Oregon House in 2009, 2011 and 2013, but failed to gain a Senate hearing each time.”

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

See the movement’s web page for fascinating facts about the status of NPVC in all of the United States.

The shortcomings of the current system of electing the President stem from state winner-take-all statutes (i.e., state laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each separate state).

Because of these state winner-take-all statutes, presidential Justincandidates have no reason to pay attention to the issues of concern to voters in states where the statewide outcome is a foregone conclusion. As shown on the map, two-thirds of the 2012 general-election campaign events (176 of 253) were in just 4 states (Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Iowa). Thirty-eight states were ignored.

Useful & Interesting Links about National Popular Vote:

Attend our meeting about this subject on 4/18/17 at the Douglas County Library at 7PM. See our blog post about it!

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