Feb 24, 2014
10:57 AM
Connecticut Politics

Presidential Popular Vote Gets Support of Gov. Malloy, Senate President

Presidential Popular Vote Gets Support of Gov. Malloy, Senate President

An act being discussed by the General Assembly to support an multi-state pact to elect the president by a national vote gained the support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman Monday.

“I fully support a national popular vote for President. All Americans deserve to have their votes counted equally for the highest office in the country,” said Governor Malloy in a press release. “Connecticut should join the nine other states and the District of Columbia in taking this important step. The candidate who wins the most votes should be President. An equal vote for every American citizen, regardless of in which state they happen to live, is the fairest and most democratic way to go.”

California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have already enacted such legislation. Those states make up 136 electoral votes—270 electoral votes are needed to change the current electoral college. A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become president. Connecticut has seven electoral votes.

The legislation would allow each voter’s vote to count toward a candidate, rather than toward a state total whose delegates then cast a vote for each presidential candidate.

In a statement, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, “Unfortunately, too many presidential elections have focused on swing states, leaving a host of voters in states across the country feeling disenfranchised. The United States of America is one of the most diverse countries on earth. We should take pride in our diversity by weighing each vote equally in Presidential elections.”

The General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee held a public hearing on the issue today.

Senate President Don Williams, D-Brooklyn, also issued a statement supporting national popular vote.

"Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) today released the following statement reaffirming his support of the National Popular Vote Compact.

“We should choose our president in the way we chose every other elected officeholder - by the popular vote,” Williams said in a statement.  “The person that receives the most votes should be elected.  Determining our national elections with the popular vote can ensure that the candidates for president are talking to all Americans rather than just the people in a small number of battleground states.”



Presidential Popular Vote Gets Support of Gov. Malloy, Senate President

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