Interstate Compact Agreement Electoral College

Some supporters and opponents of the NPVIC believe that it provides an advantage to a party over the current electoral college system. Former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont, a Republican, argued that the pact would be an “urban takeover” and would benefit Democrats. [19] Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, however, wrote that Republicans “need” the pact, citing what he sees as the center-right character of the American electorate. [33] On Tuesday, Colorado voters reiterated their desire to do just that. By 52 votes to 48, the Coloradans voted to remain in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The state joined the pact last year, but an effort to cancel brought the matter to the 2020 ballot. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement between a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to allocate all their votes to the presidential candidate who wins the overall vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The pact aims to ensure that the candidate with the highest number of votes in the whole country is elected president and would only enter into force if he guaranteed this result.

[2] [3] As of November 2020 [Update], it has been adopted by fifteen states and the District of Columbia. These states have 196 votes, or 36 percent of the electoral college and 73 percent of the 270 votes needed to give compact legal force. Fadem believes they will have the remaining 74 votes on board before the 2024 presidential election, which would then benefit less from the “chaos” that accompanies Electoral College. “If the national referendum for this election were in place, we would know who won,” he said of the 2020 presidential race. “We are very optimistic that we will have it for the next elections, so I hope this is the last election that this country will undergo under the current system.” Whenever there is a massive discrepancy between the results of the referendum and the results of the college of voters – as was the case in 2000 and 2016 – our electoral system is flattened. This may be the way the Constitution was written, but critics argue that the system gives far less influence to citizens of red blue or reliable states than residents of swing states. Republican votes in California, for example, play virtually no role in electing the president. The arguments are strong: three out of five Americans would support the end of the Electoral College and instead move on to electing the president by referendum.