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New York has become the latest state to join an agreement that would transform the U.S. presidential election. Under the compact for a National Popular Vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate with the most votes nationwide. This would prevent scenarios like what happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but still lost the election to George W. Bush. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. By adding its 29 electoral votes, New York joins those already pledged by nine other states and Washington, D.C. We are joined by New Yorker staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg, an advocate of the national popular vote and a board member of the electoral reform organization FairVote.

Read the transcript and watch the video:  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/17/fixing_the_electoral_college_new_york

6 thoughts on “Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote

  1. Excellent, excellent movement that will make every person’s vote count. No longer will men and women stay home because their state’s “already decided.” Now, if the couch potatoes could only find a candidate worth voting for. 🙂

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  2. If this could be eradicated, it would be a very large step for citizens regaining control. Already the party strategists are busy studying the college to see how this system can be gamed to their advantage in 2016.

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