Americans Overwhelmingly Want the Electoral College Eliminated

By: Monday October 24, 2011 10:29 am

An overwhelming 62 percent of Americans think the electoral college should be eliminated and replaced with a national popular vote for determining who will be president. That’s consistent with polling over a decade.  Only 35 percent of the country thinks the electoral college system should be kept, according to Gallup’s most recent polling on the [...]

A President for All the United States, Not Just the Swing States

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:34 pm

This Wall Street Journal article about how the Obama administration decided to shelve an ozone regulation provides a great example for why we need to eliminate the absurd electoral college and switch to a national popular vote system for president. From WSJ: When the American Lung Association mentioned a poll showing public support for EPA [...]

California Becomes Latest State to Join National Popular Vote

By: Monday August 8, 2011 4:31 pm

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 459, making it the 8th state to join that National Popular Vote compact. With his signature the effort to reform our absurd system for electing the president takes a huge step towards becoming reality. The national popular vote compact is an arrangement between the states to [...]

CA Legislature Sends National Popular Vote to Gov. Brown

By: Friday July 15, 2011 12:53 pm

Thursday the California State Legislature passed the National Popular Vote bill and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The California Legislature passed legislation Thursday that if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown would significantly boost the growing national movement to elect the president of the United States by popular [...]

Vermont Will Become Seventh State to Adopt National Popular Vote

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 6:54 pm

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is set to sign on Friday a law making Vermont the seventh state to join the National Popular Vote compact. Although most states give their electoral college votes to the presidential candidate that wins the most votes in the state, they are technically free to assign those votes based on whatever [...]

National Popular Vote Gets Big Boost from Billionaire Golisano

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 12:29 pm

Today, billionaire businessman Tom Golisano announced his role as the national spokesperson for the National Popular Vote campaign. Golisano made his money founding Paychex, the second-largest payroll processor in the country. The National Popular Vote campaign is an indirect attempt (without a Constitutional amendment) to end the US system of selecting the president through the [...]

74% of Americans Say Junk the Electoral College – Here’s How

By: Friday July 9, 2010 7:13 pm

Currently, 74 percent of Americans think the arcane Electoral College we use to elect our President should be abolished. That’s the finding of a poll by Penn Schoen Berland about what Americans think of the Constitution. From Mark Penn: When it comes to fixing the system, voters zero in on the judiciary branch as most [...]

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