Making Democracy Work

National Popular Vote Committee

Guaranteeing the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states

The LWV believes that direct election of the President is essential for a representative democratic government.

The current "winner-take-all" electoral college system allows the second-place candidate to become President. And it encourages most states to be ignored in campaigning, so voter issues in non-competitive states may not be addressed.

Direct election of the President could be accomplished a couple of ways:

  • Change the U.S. Constitution to a direct election for the President including provisions for a national runoff election in the event no candidate received 40% of the vote. This is very hard to do and not flexible as the nation changes.
  • Or, the states could pass laws that would recognize the winner of the election is the candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states (and D.C).

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement between states that guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and D.C.) State legislatures replace current "winner-take-all laws with a law that elects as President the candidate who is the national popular vote winner. The bill would not take effect until enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes -- 270 votes.

This is a non-partisan issue that has been passed by strong majorities in both Republican-controlled and Democrat-controlled state houses and senates. In 2016, the Missouri legislators introduced NPV legislation that received the support of many Republicans and Democrats.

September 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.

For more detailed information on National Popular Vote click a link below.
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

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