Republicans should support a national popular vote (Michael Steele & Saul Anusiz)
Not since 1988, when the Republican ticket of George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle won Delaware’s popular vote along with its three electoral votes, have this state’s GOP voters made one iota of difference in determining who becomes president. It’s all due to the “winner take all” electoral system, and the system needs to change so that a vote in Delaware will count as much toward electing a president as a vote in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio or any other state.
GOP legislators in Delaware should get behind the National Popular Vote (NPV) compact — where the winner of the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia is guaranteed 270 electoral votes and the presidency.
President Trump gets it. Witness his past statements that (1) the Democrats should have won the election because the Electoral College is almost impossible for a Republican to win, and (2) he would also have won if the winner had been based on the NPV, but in that case would have campaigned differently, spending a lot of time in California and New York versus paying visit after visit to battleground states.
Trump says an NPV would be more representative and fair, but he “also supports keeping the Electoral College [to ensure] elections will continue to be run, supervised, and administered locally by the state, and not nationalized as a constitutional amendment would require.”
If the 2016 election had been run on the basis of the NPV, both candidates would have taken their campaigns to all 50 states because every voter in every state would have mattered. With most of the votes concentrated in a few states, why would any sane presidential candidate run a 50-state campaign?
We believe Delaware legislators, and the American people, should consider following the President’s lead on this issue and seriously explore the NPV Compact to ensure that the winner of the NPV would be elected president. This is an idea whose time has come.
The NPV compact is being pushed by the Democrats because it would serve their interests. It would not serve the interests of Republicans, and should not be supported by them. Furthermore, if the electoral college was to be abolished it should be done by a constitutional amendment versus this workaround approach.