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Multi-state legislative action can make the electoral college irrelevant
March 20, 2019

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To the editor:

Today I write to promote the National Popular Voting Interstate Compact (NPVIC).The NPVIC is a model state law which allocates all of the state's electoral votes to the candidate for President of the United States with the most popular votes nationwide. Essentially, that is it. The United States Constitution as amended requires that the President win a majority of the electoral votes, currently 270 out of 538 electoral votes, not the popular vote across the nation, to gain the office.

However, the Constitution leaves it up to the states to determine how to allocate each state's electoral votes, the number of which is the sum of the state's representatives and two for the state's senators. Florida, for example, has 27 representatives to Congress and two Senators, for a total of 29 electoral votes. Florida law says winner takes all, that is, the winner of Florida's presidential votes takes all of the state's electoral votes.

If the Florida legislature passes a bill where the state joins the NPVIC and the Governor signs it into law, Florida's electoral votes would not be allocated until the nationwide tally of votes for President is completed and announced. Florida's electoral votes would then be assigned to the winner of the national tally of votes. For the NPVIC to take effect throughout the United States, the law must be enacted by the states whose electoral votes add up to 270, or the simple majority required to elect the President and Vice President of the United States.

As of now, the number of electoral votes of states joining the NPVIC is 172, with California contributing 55 and New York contributing 29 for a total of 84 electoral votes. After California, the next two states with the most electoral votes are Texas with 38 and our beloved home with 29, tied with New York. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has been presented with his state's bill and is expected to sign it into law, thus adding Colorado's nine electoral votes to make the total 181 votes, 89 votes shy of the 270 needed.

After two elections in our lifetimes, where the legitimacy of the President was called into question, it is past time the Electoral College go the way of slavery, the original sin of the United States, and for which preservation, as was the Senate, was the original purpose of this electoral device. The NPVIC is the legitimate way of making the Electoral College irrelevant without the need to amend the Constitution to get rid of this klutzy mechanism.

I ask the faithful readers of the Cape Coral Daily Breeze to write or call their state representatives and senators to support HB-949, the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President By National Popular Vote.

Thank you for reading and giving the NPVIC serious consideration.

Bruce Jackson

Cape Coral

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