Letter — Compact gives all voters an equal voice

In response to Greg Darak’s November 22 letter written in opposition to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, I would like to attempt to correct some misconceptions.

First, to say that states have different needs is correct; no argument there. One problem with the current Electoral College and the winner-take-all method, is that presidential candidates tend to only focus on battleground states. During the 2016 election, for example, 94% of campaign events were held in just 12 states. The distortions of the winner-take-all method thwart the will of the people. If candidates were in effect forced to campaign in all 50 states because of the compact, I contend it would be a good thing, and the individual voices of Connecticut voters would be heard louder than under the current method.

Using Mr. Darak’s example of the 2004 Kerry/Bush race, indeed, Connecticut’s electoral votes would have been awarded to Bush under the compact. However, Connecticut’s votes would also have been incorporated into the national popular vote total just like every other state’s. When the compact goes into effect, presidential elections won’t be a race to 270 like they are now. They will be a race for the most votes in all 50 states. Again, having the compact in 2004 wouldn’t have changed the outcome of that race, but it would have given voices to the almost 44% of Connecticut voters who cast a ballot for Bush.

Under the current Electoral College system, those Bush voters could have stayed home on election day and the results would be exactly the same, as Connecticut’s electoral votes went to Kerry. The compact gives all voters an equal voice. In the last seven presidential elections, Connecticut has given all of its electoral votes to the Democratic candidate. Therefore, under the winner-take-all system, Connecticut votes for the Republican candidate haven’t mattered. Under the compact, votes for either candidate will matter equally because they will be combined with the popular votes in other states.

Hopefully this dispels some of the misunderstanding around the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. If you support it, please write to State Senator Marilyn Moore and State Representative David Rutigliano asking that they back the legislation and vote “yes.”

Eric Paulson

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