What's new in the fight for voter participation in Maine.
We support the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished.
Under NPV, all of the electoral votes from the participating states are given to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide. The compact takes effect when enacted by states constituting a majority of the Electoral College--that is 270 of the 538 electoral votes.
✓ Every vote in every state would be equal.
✓ It would increase voters motivation to participate by giving them an incentive to vote in elections even if they are not in the majority in their state.
✓ It would ensure that candidates run and contest all 50 states, not just those few "swing states:" Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and a few others.