The Electoral College is Broken

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, but still lost the White House. 

How is this possible? 

Conceived in the 18th century, our current Electoral College system says that the candidate who receives the most votes doesn’t necessarily become president. It works like this: The Constitution assigns each state a number of electors equal to the number of Senate and House members representing that state. The state then decides how to apportion those electors’ votes. Currently, most states award ALL of their electoral college votes to the candidate who wins the most votes in that state. A candidate must secure 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. 

Since a majority of voters in most states reliably vote for one party or the other, winning presidential candidates can ignore most voters as long as they win the right combination of “battleground” states — such as Florida and Michigan in the last election. They can even win with less support across the country than their opponents.

In fact, two of the last three presidents elected in the United States entered the White House in spite of receiving fewer votes than their opponents. 

Here’s How We Fix It — Starting With Virginia

Each state has the right to award their electoral college votes any way they like, meaning it’s up to state legislatures to determine how they’re allocated. 

The National Popular Vote (NPV) is a law that awards a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states. The result: The candidate who gets the most votes will win the presidency.

We are less than half a dozen states away from enacting the National Popular Vote in this country. And Virginia is one of them. The NPV will take effect when enacted into law by enough states to represent at least 270 electoral votes. To date,15 states and Washington, DC have already entered into the agreement, totaling 196 electoral votes.

LET’S PASS THE NPV IN VIRGINIA

The National Popular Vote (NPV) is a law that awards a state’s electoral college votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states. It will only take effect once it is passed by states holding 270 electoral votes. The result: The candidate who gets the most votes wins the presidency. If passed, Virginia would add its 13 electoral votes to the list of states that have signed onto the NPV, bringing that number up to 209 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to enact the bill nationwide.

The Virginia House of Delegates has passed the National Popular Vote bill — now it’s up to the State Senate. Call your state senator and tell them to vote YES on the National Popular Vote!

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