April 2021 Updates
What is happening with the National Popular Vote in the 2021 Florida Legislative Session?
In a word….nothing.
While we have filed bills in the Florida House and Senate, and we have committee assignments, our legislators haven’t taken notice.
Still, we persevere.
We are sending weekly emails to all legislators and their staff explaining the National Popular Vote bill, and we continue to educate that it is within their purview to change how electors vote. We also address the most common myths.
Our Communications Team and our local volunteers have secured Op-ed placements in 22 newspapers around the state. Follow-up letters-to-the-editors have reinforced the Op-eds’ stance.
Our local volunteers have reached out to their respective legislators to show support and ensure the bill is understood correctly.
Around the country, the National Popular Vote bill has been filed in 11 states this year. With 196 electoral votes already committed, we only need 74 to reach the total of 270 for the bill to go into effect.
It’s a continuing battle, but we expect to pass in enough states in time for the bill to be in effect for 2024. We appreciate your continued support! See the NY State article below on a case study toward passage and a typical path to success.
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How the Filibuster Killed National Popular Vote for President in 1969
With Senate filibusters in the news every day, Jesse Wegman of the New York Times Editorial Board tells how a national popular vote was killed by a filibuster led by Southern segregationists in 1969. (read the full column).
National Popular Vote Expands Advisory Board
Continuing its tradition of non-partisan support of ensuring the president is elected by the popular vote in all 50 states, National Popular Vote (click to see the list) has expanded its advisory board to include new members from across the political spectrum.
New York State Case Study
New York is commonly considered a Blue state; however, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced there in 2007 by Republicans. Final passage was in 2011, when two-thirds of each party supported the measure in both the Senate and Assembly.
The bill’s sponsor, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R) stated in 2006:
“To ensure the popular election of the President is (sic) a creative and innovative way to attain this goal. New York State, the Empire State should take a leadership role in energizing our democracy.”
Similarities to Florida: At the time, New York, with twenty-nine Electoral votes, was America’s third-largest state and Republicans dominated the NY Senate. A survey showed 79% of New York voters supported the popular election of the president. The bill was introduced every year from 2007 to 2014 until it passed in 2011. Read the entire history here.
Learn About Ranked Choice Voting
At Floridians for National Popular Vote, we support other election reforms that lead to majority winners in our elections rather than plurality winners. Ranked Choice Voting is an excellent proposal in that pursuit.
Here is an opportunity to learn more and understand the process so you can support it when it comes up.
RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference rather than having to just choose one. If no candidate has a 50%+ majority in the first tally, the candidates in last place will be eliminated one by one. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, your vote goes to your second choice. The process narrows until the top candidate with true majority support is selected. This means you can vote for whoever you prefer without concern about wasting or splitting a vote. LWV SRQ Sarasota County supports Ranked Choice Voting because it has been shown to encourage candidates to focus on issues, reducing negative campaigning and polarization. More women and people of color run for office and win in cities using RCV. Ranked Choice Voting saves municipalities money by eliminating the time and cost of run-off elections. Most importantly, your vote will always count.
The League of Women Voters of Sarasota County invites you to join them on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00pm via Zoom to learn about Ranked Choice Voting for municipal elections in Sarasota County. To join the call register here.