National Popular Vote Celebrates Constitution Day
State-based plan to elect the President by National Popular Vote respects the Republic and honors the Founding Fathers
St. Paul, Minnesota – On September 17, 1797, thirty-nine American’s signed the United States Constitution and sent it to the states for ratification. On that day, the United States embarked on a beautiful experiment of government justified only by the consent of the governed. We commend the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and the values and vision they exhibited that great day.
National Popular Vote is inspired by the principles and ideas of the Founding generation. The state-based plan is consistent with Article II, Section I, as it allows states to exercise the right to award electors in a manner that maximizes influence in electing the President.
The shortcomings of the current system stem from the winner-take-all rule (i.e. awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each state).
Because of the winner-take-all rule, a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide.
Additionally, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to the concerns of voters in states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind. In 2008, candidates concentrated over two-thirds of their campaign visits and ad money in just six closely divided “battleground” states. A total of 98% went to just 15 states. Voters in two-thirds of the states were essentially ignored.
The signers of the United States Constitution never envisioned a system where two-thirds of the states would be virtually irrelevant in selecting the President. National Popular Vote fixes that very real problem with today’s system.
The National Popular Vote plan preserves the Electoral College and ensures that every vote, in every state, in every presidential election is counted and courted by candidates for President. This is a good thing for our Republic, a good thing for our country.
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