Making Democracy Work

National Popular Vote

What's new in the fight for voter participation in Maine.

In Short

The League of Women Voters believes that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice-President is essential to representative government. The League of Women Voters believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished.

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.

How It Works

The National Popular Vote compact guarantees the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

Benefits of NPV

It ensures that the candidates with the most popular votes is elected.

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.

Next Steps

Find more information about our efforts to get the NPV compact in Maine at our Take Action page.

Read Our Legislative Testimony on This and Other Priority Issues