Rep. Dan Ramos and I are reintroducing legislation that would add Ohio to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. As was discussed before, this legislation does not change the U.S. Constitution in any way. There will still be an Electoral College with electors chosen from each state.
Under the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, states would enter into a legal agreement with each other to cast their Electoral College votes for whomever won the nation’s popular vote. The compact becomes complete when states totaling 270 electoral votes agree to join the compact- though at that point, it seems likely all states would join to keep their voice in the presidential election. Currently 10 states and the District of Columbia have joined the Compact—bringing the total to 165 electoral votes. Ohio’s 18 would make it 183.
These type of interstate compacts exists in many forms and are expressly provided for in the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps the best known example of a legally binding compact among States is the Colorado River Compact which allocates water to seven western states.
On the weekend following the Inauguration, our nation witnessed the largest outpouring of dissent this Country has ever seen, with millions of people taking to the streets to protest the Presidency of Donald Trump. Part of the energy that fueled this protest is the belief that because Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes he was not legitimately elected President.
This is not a re-litigation of the 2016 election. He won the majority of electoral votes. This legislation seeks to change the way we elect future Presidents, so that never again will someone be elected without winning the most popular votes—and thereby creating a more cohesive and united country.
For more information about the National Popular Vote please visit Nationalpopularvote.com