NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT FORM LETTER

Below is a form letter asking your state representative to support legislation joining your state to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.


I am writing to ask you to support or introduce legislation binding [YOUR STATE] to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). This is an agreement between states to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of their state level votes. This compact will take effect once the electoral votes of the member states reach 270, the required majority for winning the electoral college. Article II of the US constitution grants each state the power to decide how their electoral votes are allocated, meaning that such a compact is in full compliance with the constitution.

This de facto implementation of a popular vote system is primarily intended to eliminate the numerous ill effects of the winner take all of the electoral college system. In the past election, 54 million votes, amounting to 42.5% of all votes cast, were cast for candidates other than the state winner. The electoral college ensures that none of these votes matter. Candidates and voters are aware of this fact, as 80% of campaign events occurred in just 9 swing states and non swing states saw lower turnout. The power of a voter to elect the candidate of their choice should not depend on their geographic location, but instead voting power should be equal for every citizen. The electoral college gives disproportionate power to citizens in a small number of swing states at the expense of everyone else. No candidate ever need care about the preferences of the millions of conservative voters in states like California, or the millions of liberal voters in states like Texas, since the electoral college ensures that their votes are not even counted on the national level.

A voting system should be designed so that the preferences of the electorate are reflected as best as possible by the election winner. The electoral college system is a complete failure in this regard, since the boundaries of states contain highly heterogenous populations. It is time to replace this system with a new one where all votes are counted equally.