Monday, June 30, 2008

Portland AfD supports National Popular Vote

The Portland chapter is working on building support for a national popular vote that would bypass the Electoral College. David Delk writes:

The Electoral College (EC) is a dinosaur left over from the founding of our nation. But because of the difficulty of using the constitutional amendment process, it continues to exist. But several years ago a plan was developed called the National Popular Vote, which assures that the presidential candidate with the largest popular vote is elected president. Had the National Popular vote been in place in 2000, there would have been no Florida recount, no constitutional crisis, and no Supreme Court pick of a winner, since nationally Gore had a clear advantage of over a half million votes over George Bush. But because most states have a winner-take-all system of delegating their electoral college votes, the votes in Florida counted more than Gore’s national majority.

Watch the Portland website for more information on the chapter’s endorsement of the National Popular vote, or go to


Anonymous said...

The National Popular Vote bill has been approved by 19 legislative chambers (one house in Colorado, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, and Washington, and two houses in Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont). It has been enacted into law in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These states have 50 (19%) of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring this legislation into effect.

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Alliance for Democracy said...

Thanks, anonymous! The bill was scheduled for a vote in the Mass. legislature either yesterday or the day before as well.