Changing The Electoral College Process - Can It Happen?


It's been a question that's been around for a long time.

Should we change the way we choose a president? Which usually means, should we get rid of or change the Electoral College process?

John Koza and Barry Fadem think so.

In 2005, Koza, a computer scientist and Fadem, an attorney who specializes in all aspects of campaign and election law, created an organization, National Popular Vote, (a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation) whose mission is to get states to pass the National Popular Vote Bill, which would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For the last 15 years, they've gone across the country numerous times to encourage lawmakers to pass their law, which would require their state to award ALL of its electoral college votes to the national top vote-getter, regardless of which candidate wins the most votes in that state.

Fadem, President of National Popular Vote and the co-author of the book Every Vote Equal: A State Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote told the LA Times:

"Voters get it. They truly do understand that under the current system, their vote doesn't count in a number of states."


So far their effort has been enacted into law by 15 states and DC. That represents 196 of the 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency. Now they just need enough states to equal 74 more electoral votes. Once that happens though, some experts say you can expect to see a legal challenge from those who say the only real way to change rules on how a president is elected is through a constitutional amendment.

Koza and Fadem are confident that their plan would survive a legal challenge.

Fadem joined Gary & Shannon to talk about the organization's effort, listen to that interview above.


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