National Popular Vote hearing! Mon. 3/19 10 am

TAKE ACTION BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING

The public hearing for HB 5421, the bill to have Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Compact, will be Monday, March 19th at 10 am in ROOM 2A of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave.

  1. Let us know if you can attend – sign up here.
  2. Whether or not you can make it, please email your State Representative and State Senator in support of the bill (you can use this tool from the National Popular Vote page to email them or look them up on the General Assembly site here).
  3. Please share a few paragraphs of your thoughts with the committee by submitting testimony – instructions below.

Writing testimony in support of the bill

If you’re interested in writing testimony in support of the bill for the public hearing you can find helpful information below and on our talking points page.

You must submit written testimony as a PDF or Word attachment to the Government Administration and Elections Committee at gaetestimony@cga.ct.gov (bcc us at npvconnecticut@gmail.com so we can track how many are sent in!).

You must include “Testimony H.B. 5421” in email subject line, and mention your support for H.B. 5421 at the beginning of your testimony.

Template Testimony

Dear Senator Flexer, Senator McLachlan, Representative Fox, and Distinguished Members of the GAE Committee,

I am submitting this testimony in support of HB 5421, the bill to have Connecticut join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The Compact is a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states.

[A paragraph or more drawing on Talking Points below and your personal experience]

Sincerely,

[Your name]

[Your town]

[Any other contact info you’re comfortable providing publicly]

Talking points

● I want to have the president elected the same way you are: every vote matters and the candidate with the most votes wins.
● Electing the president by the national popular vote has majority support of CT voters across party lines. Overall 78%, including 62% of Republicans, 76% of Unaffiliated and 92% of Democrats agree that the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide should become president (polling by Making Every Vote Count, Feb, 2018)
● I urge you to support H.B. 5421, the proposal to elect the President by the national popular vote in all 50 states. That way CT voters would matter.
● Presidential candidates rarely campaign in Connecticut. With the National Popular Vote Compact, H.B. 5421, every vote in CT would matter and candidates would pay attention to us.
● I’m tired of hearing that battleground states are the only ones that matter in presidential elections. With H.B. 5421, the National Popular Vote Compact, our votes would matter the same as votes in OH, FL and PA.
● The National Popular Vote is constitutional, Article 2, Section I states, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” It’s up to states how to decide how to vote their electors.

● Please support H.B. 5421, the National Popular Vote Compact that awards the presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide? The Compact would make one person, one vote a reality.
● I believe in a democracy every vote should matter equally and the president should be the candidate who gets the most votes.

NPVct’s Comprehensive Hearing Guide

NPVct 2018 Public Hearing Testimony Guide

Overview of the National Popular Vote Compact

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among states to elect the President according to the will of the majority in a manner consistent with the Constitution. It’s a nonpartisan solution to make everyone’s vote for president matter—regardless of whether they live in blue, red or battleground states—and to make the winner the candidate with the most votes, just the way members to the CT General Assembly are elected.

States that join the Compact pledge to award their electors to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. The Compact comes into force once it has been adopted by states that collectively have 270 electoral votes, the number needed to elect the President.

To date, 10 states and the District of Columbia have joined the Compact, representing 165, or 61 percent, of the 270 electoral votes needed for the Compact to take effect.

League of Women Voters, Statement of Position:

“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.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal on the constitutionality of the Compact:

“There’s no question about the constitutionality of the National Popular Vote. It is in no way a circumvention of the constitutional provisions. All it does is give the electoral votes of a state to the candidate who wins the popular vote. That is the right of states to do under our constitutional system.”

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