We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact or any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is basically a way to circumvent the non-democratic aspects of the electoral college system without needing to amend the constitution. The candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide is the candidate who moves into the white house. Period. You get the most votes, you win.
What would the implications of this be? Well, for starters Republicans in California would have a reason to go to the polls. For the first time in over twenty years their vote for president would actually count, would actually bring their candidate incrementally closer to victory. Likewise Democratic voters in, say, Utah would have a reason to vote. It would also mean that candidates would actually have to campaign in places other than Ohio, Florida and a handful of other swing states. They’d actually have to run a nationwide campaign, attempt to appeal to each and every voter no matter where they lived–not just retirees in The Villages or union workers in Akron. Their policy positions might begin to better reflect the nation at large.
All of this seems great, right? And, because of the way the NPVIC works, you don’t have to amend the Constitution! All you do is get each state legislature to pass a law saying that their electoral college votes go to the candidate which wins the popular vote. The end.
But wait! What if other states don’t play along? No problem. Part of the law you pass in the state says, essentially, these changes don’t go into effect until other states constituting a majority of electoral college votes have passed similar laws. Done.
If you ask me, it’s genius. It forces candidates to make themselves attractive to more voters. It forces them to campaign in places other than the most hotly contested states. It enfranchises minority party voters who live in very blue or very red states. And it does it all without monkeying with the constitution.
Voters seem to like the idea, too. Democrats support it to the tune of 78%. 73% of independents like it. Republicans favor it at a rate of 60%.
The Republican party leaders, of course, are against it.
It’s not hard to see why. The electoral college system elevates the votes of people living in less populous states to a level of importance and influence that their raw numbers wouldn’t otherwise dictate. That is, Wyoming gets more influence on national politics than the number of people who live there actually warrant. These rural, less populous states tend to vote Republican.
So basically that’s it. The electoral college system–as strange and undemocratic as it is–benefits the Republican party, so they’re against this more democratic way of implementing it.