Letter to the Editor: National Popular Vote good for all

Senate Bill 22 providing that Delaware’s electoral votes will be cast for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, including the votes of all Delawareans should be passed by the Delaware General Assembly.

All elections in Delaware from sheriff to governor operate in this fashion; so should the presidential election.

During the last 10 presidential elections, three Republicans and seven Democrats received Delaware’s electoral votes. In each election, the losing candidate was supported by 37 percent of the voters. None of those votes counted in deciding the national winner. On the flip side, the winner won by margins of 13 percent. No votes within those winning margins mattered.

In 2016, 68 percent of presidential campaign visits took place in six states because those voters were the most important. Candidates were therefore required to adopt platforms catering to the interests of those states, ignoring the rest of the country.

The U.S. Constitution provides that states may select their electors in any fashion that they choose. As stated by then Speaker Robert Gilligan in his June 17, 2011 op-ed: “The president of the United States should be elected by the American people, not a handful of states. And the best way to accomplish that is by passing the National Popular Vote bill.”

Matthew Lynch, Esq.
Vice Chairman
Common Cause Delaware

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