The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will end your ability to affect the Presidential Election.
Democrats in NH advanced HB 541, allocating electoral college electors based on the national popular vote.
The National Popular Vote interstate compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Click here to go to the National Popular Vote Webpage.
Per the US Constitution Article. II. Section. 1, the President shall be elected by the Electoral College.
“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.”
The National Popular Vote Compact retains the Electoral College, but subordinates it to a national vote.
The following table illustrates the allure of the National Popular Vote for Democrats:
Clinton’s 2,868,692 popular vote margin was due to New York City, Los Angeles County and District of Columbia.
California (4,269,978 for Clinton) or New York (1,736,590 for Clinton) alone would insure a Democrat victory.
The National Popular Vote compact has been enacted into law in these 16 jurisdictions with 196 electoral votes: CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NM, NY, OR, RI, VT, WA.
Since 2012, 14 of those states voted for the Democrat in all 7 elections and 1 state in 6 elections.
The National Popular Vote compact will take effect when states with 74 more electoral votes enact it.
The bill has passed one house in 8 additional states with 75 electoral votes (AR, AZ, ME, MI, MN, NC, NV, OK)
It has been approved by committee vote in two additional states with 26 electoral votes (GA, MO).
In the current system, presidential candidates focus on “battleground” states.
Laws in 48 states award all of their electoral votes to the winner of the popular votes in each state.
As a result, candidates have no reason to focus on states where the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
Here’s an illustration of how the campaigns focused on battleground states in 2016.
In 2016, 94% of campaign events were in 12 states where Trump’s support was between 43% and 51%.
Two-thirds of the events (273 of 399) were in just 6 states (OH, FL, VA, NC, PA, MI).
If the National Popular Vote compact takes effect, your vote for President will be moot.
Regardless of how New Hampshire citizens vote, the President will be elected by large Democrat states.
As a result, the viability of the New Hampshire Primary, and our state’s political influence, will be lessened.