From my emailbox from Russ Feingold:
I want to tell you a little bit more about how we can change the Electoral College without a constitutional amendment.
You see, the constitution specifies that each individual state chooses how to allocate its own delegates to the Electoral College. In practice, most states allocate all their delegates to the candidate that wins the state.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If enough states to represent an Electoral College majority pledge to allocate their delegates to the winner of the national popular vote, then it doesn’t matter how the rest of the states allocate their delegates — the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide will always become president.
Voters in non-swing states will have a voice again, and our president will be elected by a legitimate national majority every time. This is absolutely worth fighting for.
Sign LegitAction’s petition today to show you support state-by-state efforts to make sure our next president is the candidate who wins the most votes.
It takes 270 Electoral College votes to pick a president; states representing 165 Electoral College votes have already joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Right now, legislation is pending in Connecticut to join the compact. LegitAction is supporting local activists pushing for passage there and doing everything we can to help.
But the compact doesn’t take effect in each state until enough other states have joined to tip the election. We need to build support and awareness nationwide in order to encourage more states to join.
Our government is only legitimate to the extent it reflects the will of the people, and this is a key way to ensure the voices of people throughout the country matter.
Help make our presidential elections legitimate. Sign on today to show your support for the national popular vote.
This is a real opportunity to not just change the way candidates campaign, but to help ensure our country always elects a president who wins a legitimate majority of the country’s votes. We must work to seize it.
Thank you for signing on to help seize this opportunity,