May 8, 2018
Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s seven Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally in 2020.
The state Senate voted 21-14 on May 5 to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which already included 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure (HB5421) last week, 77 to 73.
Until Connecticut joined, the National Popular Vote possessed 165 electoral votes—61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it, including:
- Four small jurisdictions (Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii and the District of Columbia);
- Three medium-size states (Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington); and
- Four big states (California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York).
In Connecticut, the bill next moves to the Governor’s desk—and Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) already has said that he means to sign it.
“With the exception of the presidency, every elected office in the country, from city council, to United States senator, to governor, is awarded the candidate who receives the most votes,” Governor Malloy said, adding, “The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut. This is fundamentally unfair. The National Popular Vote compact will ensure an equal vote for every American citizen, regardless of which state they happen to live in. I applaud the General Assembly for passing this commonsense legislation.”
“Voting is a foundation of democracy, a fundamental responsibility, and one of the highest forms of civic engagement,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “From young people going to the polls for the first time to residents who never miss a chance to cast a ballot, citizens must trust that they have a voice in choosing their president. This legislation is a step in that direction and I commend the legislature for sending it to the Governor’s desk.”
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