Electoral College Repeal

LFDA Editor

When all is said and done, it's the Electoral College vote -- not the popular vote -- that decides the presidency. Some states are considering legislation that essentially bypasses the Electoral College. Should New Hampshire join in?

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors from the all of the states. New Hampshire has four of those electors.  The candidate who wins the vote in a state wins the electors. The candidate who wins the most electors nationally wins the presidency.

In the 2000 presidential election, Democrat Al Gore received 50,999,897 votes; Republican George Bush received 50,456,002. In the Electoral College count, however, Bush tallied 271 electors to Gore's 266.  Bush became the president.

Following that controversy, some states passed the National Popular Vote bill.  That bill awards the state's Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally, not the candidate who wins the state.

According to the National Popular Vote website, eleven states and Washington, D.C. have passed the National Popular Vote bill.

PROS & CONS

"For" Position

By LFDA Editor

Supporters of the National Popular Vote bill say the current Electoral College system is confusing and causes candidates to focus unduly on a handful of battleground states with high elector counts, such as Florida.

"Against" Position

By LFDA Editor

Critics of the National Popular Vote bill say it could create even more confusing scenarios than exist now.  For example, the candidate that wins nationally might lose in New Hampshire. In that case, the state's four electoral votes would still go to the national-winning candidate who was not supported by Granite State voters.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Killed in the House

"National Popular Vote Bill," an interstate agreement to elect the President by national popular vote.

Killed in the House

Resolution urging Congress to propose a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.

Passed

Expresses support for preserving the Electoral College.

Killed in the House

"National Popular Vote Bill," an interstate agreement to elect the President by national popular vote.

Should NH pass legislation to bypass the Electoral College?

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Issue Status

In 2013 the House killed HB 148, the most recent New Hampshire bill to call for the direct election of the President.

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