Making Every Vote Count
By changing the way we elect the President of the United States
We may only think about it once every four years, but the Electoral College system affects us on a daily basis. The Electoral College skews the way candidates campaign, the way politicians govern, and the system systematically marginalizes whole groups of people. A better system exists, and adopting it is not very far from our grasp.
Today's Electoral College reality is not what the Founders Intended
The Framers designed the Electoral College for a time and place very different than our own -- a primary original purpose was to prevent each state from selecting its own Presidential nominee, and to ensure the President did not interfere with the institution of slavery. It was designed prior to national parties and before the popular vote was even counted. The system has been amended several times, each a patch on a broken system.
The Hidden side effects of the Electoral College
Twice in the last five elections, we've seen a President elected against the will of the majority of the population. Under the current system, that will continue. In addition, the Electoral College system has side effects throughout our political system, making the votes of a few swing state voters effectively worth far more than the rest of the country.
Why a National Popular Vote system is better for the people, the president and the country
The move to a National Popular Vote system would ensure every vote is equal by allowing the people to directly select the President. Not only would a new system eradicate the injustices of the Electoral College, it would be simpler, more transparent and easier to execute. We believe the President should be the person that receives the most votes.