Posted by Andrea Levien on March 05, 2013
FairVote is pleased to announce that the newest edition of National Popular Vote's Every Vote Equal: A State Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote, is now available for free download at www.EveryVoteEqual.com. Co-authored by FairVote's executive director Rob Richie, Every Vote Equal explains in detail the need for a national popular vote for president, and the solution to that need: the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Developed by the National Popular Vote's John Koza, the compact guarantees election of the presidential candidate who wins the most popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Acting on powers granted to states under the U.S. Constitution, participating states enter the compact through passage of a state law. They agree to award all of their Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote once participating states collectively hold a controlling majority in the Electoral College (270 electoral votes). The compact has been passed in eight states and the District of Columbia, holding 132 electoral votes (49% of the votes needed to activate the compact). More states may take action this year.
This new edition features an expanded section addressing myths about the Electoral College and the National Popular Vote, with a wide-ranging information about recounts, the effects of extreme weather on elections, out-of-state presidential electors, and much, much more.
It is free to download the book (or individual chapters). Be sure to check FairVote's work on this issue and the website of the organization leading the lobbying campaign to ensure that every vote in presidential elections is equal, National Popular Vote.