The movement to eliminate the Electoral College must continue. One way to do this is to highlight those who have been/are advocates for this change.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) has had the platform policy for the election of the President and Vice-President by the direct, popular vote since 1970. Their website provides a summary of their position:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the direct-popular vote method for electing the President and Vice-President is essential to representative government. The League of Women Voters believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished. The League also supports uniform voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. The League supports changes in the presidential election system from the candidate selection process to the general election. We support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates and their positions, public policy issues and the selection process itself. The League supports action to ensure that the media, political parties, candidates, and all levels of government achieve these goals and provide that information.
They give an excellent explanation of the dangers of merely reforming the Electoral College. They believe that proportional allocation of state votes to the Electoral College could easily create a situation in which no candidate gets a majority of votes, and the vote is therefore sent to the House of Representatives, in which each state will only get a single vote. This removes all consideration for representation of population in the vote.
While the LWV has been advocating for this change for nearly 50 years, they recognize the challenge in getting a constitutional amendment. They support the National Popular Vote Compact that will commit signatory state’s electors to voting in alignment with the outcome of the popular vote.
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The 2016 election cycle is over, but the fight for fairness in our elections continues.