The League of Women Voters believes that the President of the United States should be elected as is every other local, state and national public official—by popular vote. For that reason, the League is working to enact NPVIC, a bill by which states would direct their electors to vote for the Presidential candidate who captures the most votes nationwide.
More than 60 percent (172) of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate NPVIC have been secured. Legislation is being considered by 24 other states, accounting for an additional 193 electoral votes. NPVIC preserves the electoral system while guaranteeing the votes of all Americans count, which is not the case today.
We oppose the “winner-take-all rule” that invalidates the votes of millions of Americans in 48 states, including Florida. We advocate for using the two provisions of the U.S. Constitution that give states exclusive control over directing their electors and encourage them to enter into interstate compacts, thus preserving state control over national elections. “Winner-take-all” does not appear in the Constitution, nor was it ever debated by the Founders. Electing the president by popular vote has received support from conservatives, including President Trump, to liberals and the majority of American voters, including Floridians.
Additionally, NPVIC would ensure that the issues important to all states and their voters are heard. Today, the President is chosen by electors in a dozen swing states, representing less than a third of all Americans. Thus, Presidential campaigns focus solely on those states and seldom visit or pay attention to the 38 flyover states.
NPVIC moves us closer to one person/one vote and ensures that every voter in every state is relevant in every presidential election—making every vote count.
We are interested in educating voters and legislators about NPVIC and its significance to Florida and in having legislation heard, considered, voted on and passed in the Florida Legislature by 2020 so that the voices of Floridians are just as important as the votes of every other American in all future Presidential elections.