Inspired by two Electoral College losses in 2000 and 2016, a decade-old movement to change the mechanism which determines the victor in the race for the White House is gaining momentum in state some assemblies nationwide.
Unlike previous calls for changes to the election system in which it has been proposed the Electoral College be abolished, the National Popular Vote (NPV) aims to preserve the electoral device, but authorizes state electors to cast votes in favor of the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.
The state at the center of the most recent development is Connecticut, where the governor, Daniel Malloy, backed efforts of the NPV Wednesday following a public hearing in the Nutmeg State’s capital, Hartford.
Similarly, Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman endorsed the notion for change, but the state’s General Assembly has not yet introduced a bill to adopt the NPV plan. Both Mr. Malloy and Ms. Wyman are Democrats.
Under Connecticut state law, electors are required to cast electoral votes in favor of the candidate who wins the state’s popular vote.
Since the movement’s founding in 2007, 11 traditionally Democratic states have enacted the premise, which has been passed by either or both houses in 14 other states.
Following the election of 2000, as controversy swirled in Florida, then-Vice President Al Gore filed suit demanding a recount in the Sunshine State. The legal filing touched off a six-week battle which ended in the hands of the Supreme Court.
In similar fashion, the 2016 election cycle witnessed New York businessman Donald Trump score a stunning upset over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton despite Clinton’s 2.8 million popular vote edge.
Trump’s unexpected victory in November 2016 led to widespread calls on the left for the abolition of the Electoral College and nationwide protests and riots led by left-wing groups.
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