Popular Vote Plan

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The Popular Vote plan will guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The plan ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The plan is a 2 stage voting approach that would abolish the Electoral College, and give the power to all American citizens to have their votes be counted as equal.

Because of these state winner-take-all statutes, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to the issues of concern to voters in states where the statewide outcome is a foregone conclusion. In 2012, as shown on the map, all of the  253 general-election campaign events were in just 12 states, and two-thirds were in just 4 states (Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Iowa). Thirty-eight states were completely ignored.

The shortcomings of the current system of electing the President stem from “winner-take-all” laws that have been enacted by state legislatures in 48 states. These laws award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each state.

The current system is RIGGED.  Career politicians and party leaders are desperate to keep the status quo and for many years they have succeeded.  In the past the excuse most politicians give as the reason as to why the popular vote would not work is the possibility that more candidates/ Independents could run. They point out that you could have 20+ candidates run for president and someone could win with far less votes maybe even as low as 10 percent if multiple candidates split all the votes. Then instead of half the country unhappy with the result of the election, you could have up to 90 percent of the country unhappy.  This would not be a possibility with the Popular Vote Plan. 

The Popular Vote Plan would abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a 2 vote system. The first vote would be a National Primary vote. Anyone that is running for President could be on the primary ballot. The 2 candidates that received the most votes in the primary would go on to face each other in the general election. This would make the whole process fair and would make it possible for a candidate independent of the 2 major parties (Democrat/ Republican) to run and have a fair shot. This is by far the most fair way for ALL citizens to have a say in who we elect as the president and would give the power to the people and not the career politicians.