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National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
HachfaceNot the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking ofRegistered Userregular
What is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, you might ask? Wikipedia puts it this way:
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among U.S. states designed to replace current state rules governing the electoral college system of presidential elections with rules guaranteeing election of the national popular vote winner. As of August 2011, this interstate compact has been joined by eight states (see map) and the District of Columbia; their 132 combined electoral votes amount to 49% of the 270 needed for the compact to take effect.
Basically, the compact achieves through interstate agreement what would be impossible through the amendment process: a complete revision of the way we elect the president of the United States. Technically, the compact exists within the existing electoral college framework, but is designed to entirely circumvent it.
This is how it works: A bunch of states pass laws decreeing that they will pledge their electoral votes in a presidential election to the winner of the national popular vote. Crucially, the compact becomes active only when a number of states that can command a total of 270 electoral votes agrees to join up. This will guarantee that the winner of the electoral college will also be the winner of the national popular vote.
It is an ingenious idea, and something that we desperately need. The national popular vote is fair: one citizen, one vote, and everyone's vote counts equally. The notion that the United States federal government consists of 50 sovereign states and that smaller population states deserve special considerations is antiquated and inaccurate (and based on less than pure motives, but I'm sure we'll get to to that); the federal government is the government of 300+ million Americans. Each American should have an equal say in who gets to be president.