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LWV Sanibel holds monthly presentation

February 12, 2020
By LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SANIBEL , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A Floridian's vote for president of the United States has only one-half to one-third of the power of the vote of a resident of the nine least populous states because of the way electors are allocated. Our current presidential election process is highly susceptible to tampering by outsiders, as was seen in the 2016 election. This was a great fear of our Founding Fathers. Our current process depresses voter turnout in states that are viewed as reliably Republican or Democratic.

These and other issues were the topic of a presentation on the National Popular Vote by Jan Lonsdale, of Fort Myers, at the Sanibel League of Women Voters monthly luncheon. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will make every vote relevant in every presidential election, and it works within the electoral system set forth by the Constitution, so it does not require a Constitutional amendment. It is designed to honor the will of the American people.

Lonsdale, a leader in the Floridians for the National Popular Vote movement, outlined the history of and problems with the current election process and the way that the National Popular Vote would resolve the problems. She pointed out that the president and vice president are the only elected officials in the country who are not elected by popular vote.

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Jan Lonsdale, with the Floridians for the National Popular Vote movement, was the guest speaker at the recent monthly luncheon for the Sanibel League of Women Voters.

The National Popular Vote Compact has been passed into law by 15 states and the District of Columbia (196 electors) and has been passed by one or both legislative chambers in eight more states (75 electors). A hearing on the National Popular Vote has been held by at least one legislative committee in 17 additional states. When 270 electors represent states that have passed the National Popular Vote Compact, the president and vice president will be elected by the popular vote.

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