New York Moves Country Closer to Eliminating the Electoral College

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If NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it would bring the US 61.1% of the way to a national popular vote

In the near future the candidate that actually gets the most votes could be guaranteed to become President instead of using the unfair and insane system we currently have. The New York legislature recently voted overwhelmingly to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill only needs to signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

While most states give all their electoral votes to whichever candidate won the most votes in that state, the state legislatures are free to use any system they want. So a few year ago an interstate compact plan was created to indirectly assure a national popular vote for President (like a sane democracy should).

Under the agreement, states would agree to give all their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationwide.  But it only goes into effect when enough states commit such that their electoral votes add up to 270 —  enough electoral votes to assure a majority of the total 538. The electoral college would still technically exist, but is made meaningless

So far nine states plus D.C. have signed on with a total of 136 electoral votes. If the governor signs the bill New York would bring the total to 165 votes (61.1 percent of the way goal). Not surprisingly all the of states that have signed on so far are reliable partisan states which get almost zero attention from the presidential candidates as a result.

The President should be trying to get the support of all Americans not just votes in Ohio and Florida because they happen to be swing states. Democracy should be one person, one vote. Sadly that is not the way it now works for choosing our President, but if only a few more states act it soon could be.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at