NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE BILL
As we continue to rise in solidarity against the new administration, it is important to remember Trump lost the the popular vote by a greater margin than any other US president. Although Clinton won nearly 3 million more votes, Trump was elected by the Electoral College and has become the 45th President of the United States (much to the dismay of millions across the globe). This has now happened five times in American history: in 1824 (Adams-Jackson), 1876 (Hayes-Tilden), 1888 (Harrison-Cleveland), 2000 (Bush-Gore), and 2016 (Trump-Clinton).
Our Revolution San Juan County’s “Political Reform” team is currently focusing our efforts toward supporting the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill. The NPV bill guarantees election of the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NPV agreement takes effect only once the participating states together hold a majority of electoral votes (270 of 538)--guaranteeing that the winner of the national popular vote will win an Electoral College majority.
The bill ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election while also preserving the Electoral College and state control of elections.
At this time, the NPV bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC, MD, MA, WA, NJ, IL, NY, CA) possessing 165 votes - 61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it. The bill has passed a total of 33 legislative chambers in 22 states and has passed one house in 12 additional states with 96 electoral votes (AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, ME, MI, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR). In order for the bill to become law, it needs to pass both The House and The Senate of each state.
ACTION: Educate friends, family members, and allies residing in states where this bill has not yet passed. Draft a letter for them to personalize and send to their representatives, urging them to vote yes.