In the current system, battleground states and their voters are what matter in presidential elections. Campaigns are tailored to address the issues that matter to voters in those states.
Safe red and blue states are considered a waste of time, money and energy to candidates. 80% of states and their voters receive no campaign attention, visits or ads. Their concerns are utterly ignored.
The influence of ethnic minority voters has decreased tremendously as the number of battleground states dwindles. In 2004, just 21% of African Americans and 18% of Latinos lived in the 12 closest battleground states. So, roughly 80% of non-white voters might as well have not existed. In 2012 there were only 10 battleground states.
The Asian American Action Fund, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, NAACP, National Latino Congreso, and National Black Caucus of State Legislators endorse a national popular vote for president.
In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state.
Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls.
Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.
Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every election. Every vote would be included in the state counts and national count.
When states with a combined total of at least 270 electoral votes enact the bill, the candidate with the most popular votes in the country would get the needed majority of 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. The bill would thus guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes.
The bill has passed 32 state legislative chambers in 21 rural, small, medium, and large states with 243 electoral votes, and been enacted by 10 jurisdictions with 136 electoral votes – 50.4% of the 270 needed.
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No, the electoral college accounts for demographics, because it allows smaller states to have input, but does not allow smaller states to overpower more populous states. The electoral college allows smaller states to influence a close election, but if the election is not close, the majority candidate will still win. Often, large populations in cities influence elections more than the electoral college. The electoral college is an uncommon factor in a U.S. Presidential election, but fair when it is used.