Popular Vote plan right fit for Connecticut

The president should be elected by the popular vote as expressed by voters across all 50 states, but that's not how our system works. A small group of "swing states" have disproportionate impact. Connecticut, usually not a swing state, is largely ignored when it comes to presidential politics.

A change is in Connecticut's interest.

In the 2012 presidential election, 80 percent of Americans were ignored, with both major party candidates focusing their visits in 10 states. These 10 states received 98 percent of the $940 million spent on campaign advertising. This swing-state focus leaves Connecticut on the outskirts of the executive decision-making process. A national popular vote would level the field and ensure that a vote here is just as important as a vote in Ohio, Florida or Virginia.

Using the National Popular Vote proposal, participating states agree to award their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the overall popular vote. The compact takes effect when the number of participating states represents a majority (270) of the Electoral College votes constitutionally required to elect the president.

As a former state legislator, I have a special pride in Connecticut and I believe we should adopt this plan to ensure that we have an equal voice in the process of electing our president.

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