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*2/13/19 LWVCO: SB19-042 National Popular Vote moves to the House floor!

ACTION ALERT! SUPPORT SB19-042 NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT Sponsors: Sen. Foote; Reps. Sirota & Arndt

This bill enters Colorado into the National Popular Vote Agreement to elect the president by popular vote. States that enact the National Popular Vote Agreement will award all their electors to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Yesterday, SB19-042 - National Popular Vote was approved by the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee following Senate approval last week. The bill now moves to the House floor for a full vote!

Please contact your State Representative and voice why this issue is important to you. Urge her/him to vote YES on SB19-042.

Don't know your State Representative? Find her/him here.

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT BACKGROUND

The League of Women Voters has long held the position that the direct popular-vote method for electing the president is essential to a representative government.
The National Popular Vote Compact, or National Popular Vote Agreement, is a method to achieve the direct election of the President of the United States without the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
Under the U.S. Constitution, states have exclusive power to allocate their electoral votes and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time.
Today, all states except for Maine (ME) and Nebraska (NE) award their electors by a winner-take-all system in which all of a given state's electors are awarded to the winner of that state's popular vote. With the National Popular Vote Compact, every vote for president will count equally.
This agreement will take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by enough states to have a majority of the electoral votes (270 are needed for a majority).
In this way, the person with the most votes is guaranteed to have the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
To date, the National Popular Vote Agreement has been adopted by 11 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to 172 electoral votes of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the agreement. Colorado has 9 electoral votes to help this effort.

NOTE: INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE MEMBERS CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE LEAGUE, BUT YOU CAN REFER LEGISLATORS TO THE LWVCO POSITION ON A BILL FOUND IN THE LEGISLATIVE LETTER.

EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

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*2/5/19 LWVCO: ACTION ALERT! SB19-042 National Popular Vote moves to the House!
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT
Sponsors: Sen. Foote; Reps. Sirota & Arndt

This bill enters Colorado into the National Popular Vote Agreement to elect the president by popular vote. States that enact the National Popular Vote Agreement will award all their electors to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

SB19-042 - National Popular Vote has been confirmed by the Senate and now heads to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:30pm in the Old State Library (Room 271).

Please contact your State Representative and voice why this issue is important to you. Urge her/him to vote YES on SB19-042.

Don't know your State Representative? Find her/him here. Members of the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee are here.

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT BACKGROUND

The League of Women Voters has long held the position that the direct popular-vote method for electing the president is essential to a representative government.
The National Popular Vote Compact, or National Popular Vote Agreement, is a method to achieve the direct election of the President of the United States without the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
Under the U.S. Constitution, states have exclusive power to allocate their electoral votes and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time.
Today, all states except for Maine (ME) and Nebraska (NE) award their electors by a winner-take-all system in which all of a given state's electors are awarded to the winner of that state's popular vote. With the National Popular Vote Compact, every vote for president will count equally.
This agreement will take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by enough states to have a majority of the electoral votes (270 are needed for a majority).
In this way, the person with the most votes is guaranteed to have the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
To date, the National Popular Vote Agreement has been adopted by 11 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to 172 electoral votes of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the agreement. Colorado has 9 electoral votes to help this effort.

NOTE: INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE MEMBERS CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE LEAGUE, BUT YOU CAN REFER LEGISLATORS TO THE LWVCO POSITION ON A BILL FOUND IN THE LEGISLATIVE LETTER.

EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

lwvcolorado.org

LWV Action and Advocacy Policies

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

Consensus -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

LWVUS Positions

LWVUS Impact on Issues: Full Positions 2012-2014

http://www.lwv.org/files/Impact-on-Issues-2012-2014.pdf

LWVUS: Summary of LWVUS positions

http://www.lwv.org/files/IoI2012_PositionsInBrief.pdf

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