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National Popular Vote Honoring the Will of the People



It’s a contradiction: Americans elect all of their officials through the popular vote—but they do not elect their presidents and vice presidents that way. The League of Women Voters believes it is time to change that, and there's a bipartisan way to do it-- legislation called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC)--an agreement among states to award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill operates at the state level, has no impact on the U.S. Constitution, and therefore does not require a constitutional amendment. It instructs electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote rather than the winner of the state popular vote (the so-called ‘winner-take-all’ practice).

NPVIC has already become law in eleven states and the District of Colombia., and the League wants it to pass in Florida. Meanwhile, many other states are considering it because NPVIC honors the electoral system and states' rights to instruct their electors in any way they see fit; according to Article II Section 1 of thee Constitution “each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors…” The National Popular Vote would make every vote count--honoring the votes of all Americans and thereby decreasing the disproportionate power of a dozen battleground "swing" states, representing only a small percentage of Americans.

Most importantly, it would make the electoral system consistent with the will of the American people, guaranteeing that presidents of the United States have the support of the majority of Americans who vote for them.

National Popular Vote Gaining Ground


No wonder the NPVIC initiative is gaining traction—it’s 63% of the way to becoming the law of the land. For the compact to kick in, enough states have to adopt the bill to total at least 270 electoral votes. So far the compact has 172 votes, including 11 states and the District of Columbia. If NPVIC passes in Florida the initiative would gain 29 more votes. Passage of NPVIC would align the electoral system with the will of the American people for the first time in our nation's history.

NPV meets monthly, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Email carchbold1@gmail.com to confirm time and place.



 

NPV Chair Kathleen Crampton, left, and LWVFL President Patti Brigham, right
NPV Chair Kathleen Crampton, left, and LWVFL President Patti Brigham, right, with record number of Florida delegates at the National LWV Convention in Chicago in June where NPV became a major platform for the LWVUS Make Democracy Work.

We are the advocates for making every vote count in Florida and across the nation!

 


Palm Beach County's chapter is the NPV spearhead for the LWVUS, leading the way for advocating the National Popular Vote not only here, but also in chapters across the state and across the nation. LWVPBC member Kathleen Crampton is the league's state and national leader for the NPV initiative. She recently won over delegates at the LWVUS at the National Convention, who voted to make NPV a major priority nationally. It was a state-wide effort. Patti Brigham, LWVFL President, brought the full power and strength of Florida’s huge membership base. Karen Wilkerson and the entire Palm Beach delegation were the backbone of the effort to draw attention to our cause, educate delegates and provide useful intelligence and information from other caucuses.

NPV Workshop in LWVPBC

Local NPV Team Workshop in Palm Beach County with (left to right) Charles Oesterle, NPV Chair Coordinator Marsha Herman , Ginny Shaller, Marsha Katz, Millie Cook and NPV Chair Cynthia Archbold




 

NPV Co-chairs Cynthia Archbold (right) and Lorna O'Connell
NPV Co-chairs Lorna O'Connell and Cynthia Archbold




NPV is truly bipartisan!



It’s true! National Popular Vote legislation is neither liberal, nor conservative but bipartisan, supported by many prominent Republicans and Democrats. In fact, polls show that a majority of Americans of both parties support the National Popular Vote and have done so for decades.

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