Pop­u­lar vote com­pact should re­main law

The Day - - OPINION -

I am dis­ap­pointed that there are al­ready three bills filed to with­draw us from the Na­tional Pop­u­lar Vote In­ter­state Com­pact. These bills are an in­sult to the over 672,000 vot­ers in this state who voted for the pres­i­dent in 2016, only to watch Sec­re­tary Hil­lary Clin­ton get all seven of the state's elec­toral votes. The bill spon­sors claim that the com­pact keeps us from elect­ing the can­di­date of our choice, but the re­al­ity is that the cur­rent win­ner-take-all sys­tem caused those 672,000 votes and mil­lions more na­tion­wide to be ren­dered ir­rel­e­vant. No won­der turnout was so low. The com­pact gives vot­ers a rea­son to show up, but these three bills send the mes­sage that you should stay home.

Imag­ine a can­di­date who had to work for the votes of Repub­li­cans and un­af­fil­i­ated in Con­necti­cut and else­where. Imag­ine your vote not get­ting ig­nored just be­cause you hap­pen to be out­num­bered by Democrats in your state. We can count all the votes now, and all the votes should count.

I for one would like to see cam­paigns that win by ac­tu­ally ap­peal­ing to vot­ers na­tion­wide in­stead of by ig­nor­ing them in all but a few states. Ja­cob Hurt Led­yard

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