We’re still grappling with the election results, but one thing is clear: Americans made their voices heard, and more voters chose Hillary Clinton than any other candidate.
Even though Clinton won over 200,000 (and counting!) more popular votes, the Electoral College allowed Trump to win.
This is the fifth time in American history, and only 16 years since voters chose Al Gore but got George W. Bush instead, that the Electoral College overruled the will of the American people.
It’s an affront to our democracy and a sign that the system is broken.
We believe every vote should count equally, regardless of where you live in the United States – EVERY vote in EVERY state should matter in EVERY presidential election.
But thanks to the Electoral College, our presidential elections are based on state winner-take-all laws that award all of a state's electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes inside each separate state.
As a result, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to voters in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Instead, candidates focus on “swing states” while largely ignoring the rest of the country.
But there’s a realistic path to doing away with the Electoral College's ability to overturn the popular vote, and we don’t have to go through the Trump-led, Republican-controlled Congress.
If we can get enough states to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, our presidents will be elected by the national popular vote.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would require states to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.
And we already have momentum to getting this enacted nationally: Right now, ten states and the District of Columbia have joined the compact, possessing 165 electoral votes altogether.
If states and territories totaling at least 270 electoral votes pass laws joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, then the people’s choice won’t be overruled by the Electoral College in the next presidential election.
That means we're only 105 votes to go to make sure we don’t have another 2016 in 2020!
Sign if you agree: It’s time to end the Electoral College's power to overturn the national popular vote.PS - Click here to learn more and contact your state legislature about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.