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National Popular Vote Committee

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would essentially elect the President by direct vote of the people.

The League of Women Voters recommends many changes to our election system that would increase fair and representative participation in our democracy, from issues such as voter information and registration to candidate selection and election procedures. The Electoral College damages our democracy and the League is working to abolish it in favor of a direct popular vote for electing the President and Vice-President. They adopted this position in 1970 and most recently updated it in 2010. Because of the long timeframe expected for an amendment to pass and be ratified, the League also supports an interim measure that would effectively nullify the electoral college and result in the election of the president by the popular vote, while we continue working on a long-term constitutional amendment.

This measure is called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and it would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia combined. It pledges a state's electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, and it would not take effect until enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes -- 270 votes.

April 2019 - The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has been enacted into law in 15 states and the District of Columbia, totaling 196 electoral votes. The compact will take effect when enacted by states with 74 more electoral votes. IF NPV legislation would pass in the Missouri legislature, then it would add 10 electoral votes to the total.

This is a non-partisan issue that has been passed by strong majorities in both Republican-controlled and Democrat-controlled state houses and senates.

For more detailed information on NPV click a link below.
NPV PowerPoint Presentation
NPV Fact Sheet
NPV Concerns and Responses Outline
NPV Palm Card

St. Louis American Op-Ed Article

April 2019 Annual Report

The Metro St. Louis League's National Popular Vote Committee was formed in July of 2018. We have about ten members, the number keeps changing. Our committee consists of a bunch of enthusiastic, passionate women who believe that the president of the United States should become president because he or she won the most popular votes nationwide. Unfortunately that is not how the election works. We are stuck with an archaic Electoral College System which allocates state electors basically on a states population. Our ultimate goal is to succeed in getting the Missouri legislature to pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) which would assure that the presidential candidate who gets the most votes in the nation becomes the president.

Five times in U S history, the presidential candidate with the most votes did not become president.. A recent example is 2016 when Hillary Clinton won the election by 2 million votes yet did not become president. "The LWVUS believes that the direct-popular vote method for electing the President and Vice-President is essential to representative government." It follows that the Electoral College should be abolished. This requires a constitutional amendment which so far has not succeeded. The alternative which the League supports is the NPVIC where each state would pledge that it would give all its electoral votes to the direct national popular vote winner.

This will come about when the number of states whose electoral votes equal 270 join the compact. That is the same number of electoral votes needed to win the presidential election under the present system.

Since this compact was introduced in 2010, thirteen states and the District of Columbia have joined the compact, totally 184 electoral votes. It only requires 86 more electoral votes to achieve our one man one vote goal. By the time you read this report, New Mexico, with 5 electoral votes will bring the number down to 81 electoral votes closer to the 270 goal.

The League's NPV committee with a few additional volunteers from Leagues outside the St. Louis area comprise the state NPV committee. We are embarking on an intensive statewide educational campaign. We will be putting requests for League members to respond by writing letters to the editor, and doing other PR tasks. The committee cannot do it along. We need enthusiastic members to get our goal accomplished. So when we call for help, please respond.

A very good source to learn everything you want to know about the NPVIC is National Popular
-- Sydell Shayer, National Popular Vote Committee Chair