August 2020 – Updates from the Chair

Although much has been happening with Covid-19, the economic downturn, high employment, and protests related to racial injustices, Floridian for National Popular Vote has been preparing for the Legislative 2021 session. While some members took time to work on the upcoming election, spend time with family, or travel for vacations, a great deal had been happening behind the scenes. This month’s Update summarizes some of these efforts.

On the national level, NPV is focusing on Colorado and its “Yes on NPV – Ballot # 113. Given that almost all politics is virtual, Floridians can support this very important referendum by volunteering and working remotely. To support Colorado and all states working to make national popular vote a reality, NPV, Inc. has expanded its webinar offerings. And best of all, NPV has opened its new “online store” with lots of NPV logo merchandise. Read further in this newsletter for links to all three of these.

This summer your Floridians for NPV has been working hard to prepare for the 2021 Legislative session which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 2, 2021, and runs through Thursday, April 30, 2021. To that end we have welcomed several new people to our leadership team, have installed new contact software (Zoho), and are planning two organizational meetings to assure we have an integrated plan for contacting Legislators and other key influencers. We also address one of the most common myths about NPV: won’t recounts be more frequent under NPV? See the Myth Buster below.

Kathleen Crampton, Chair
Floridians for National Popular Vote

COLORADO and “YES on NPV Ballot #113”

As many of you know, Colorado passed the NPVIC legislation last year. However, the law has been suspended pending a vote on a referendum or Ballot #113 on November 3, 2020. Colorado Senate and House passed the NPV bill which was in turn signed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on March 15, 2019. Almost immediately, groups opposed to NPV collected over 125,000 certified signatures and filed a referendum which placed it on the ballot for a statewide vote this November.
A “yes” vote supports Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if states representing at least 270 Electoral College votes adopt the compact. Currently, Colorado’s nine electoral votes go to the presidential candidate receiving the most votes in Colorado. As of July, 2020, 15 states and Washington, D.C., (representing 196 Electoral College votes altogether) had adopted legislation to join the compact.

A “no” vote opposes making Colorado part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). It is unclear if “no” passes whether it would “overturn” the previous bill passing NPV, or whether it would be merely a “recommendation” to the Colorado Legislature.
Coloradians for National Popular Vote has formed a coalition with other organizations and is raising funds to help educate the public on NPV. They have hired a campaign manager and have over 400 volunteers engaged. They are in the process of getting ordinary citizens and Legislators to provide “testimonials” on why they support NPV which will be used on their website, in ads, and on social media. Their newest effort is a “Texting Campaign” whereby respondents are engaged in a conversation regarding the benefits of NPV.

There are many opportunities to donate your time to the effort in Colorado. Please contact Sylvia Bernstein to help with texting and other initiatives. They need help now through election day! sylvia@yesonnationalpopularvote.com

NPV, Inc. EXPANDS SUPPORT TO STATES

Debunking the Most Common Myths About a National Popular Vote

Friday, August 28th
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PT

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We’ll review the most common misconceptions that people have about electing the President by National Popular Vote with a focus on preparing attendees to respond to this opposition themselves. This is good for individuals who want to be better informed about the bill, and/or be better able to respond to these misconceptions on their own.

Recommended: Have some preliminary understanding of National Popular Vote OR attend an Intro to NPV webinar first.

Advice to Speakers

Wednesday, September 23
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PT

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A presentation on the do’s and don’ts of talking about National Popular Vote. Helpful for people who want to be as informed as possible when talking with their friends and family about National Popular Vote, and for people who might be presenting about National Popular Vote to a civic or community group.

Recommended: Have some preliminary understanding of National Popular Vote OR attend an Intro to NPV webinar first.

Register Here to Join the Online Discussion

RECORDINGS OF EARLIER EVENTS

Interview with Professor George Edwards III, presidential scholar and author of the book Why the Electoral College is Bad for America

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Interview with Former Lt. Gov Michael Steele (R-MD) on his Support of Electing the President by National Popular Vote

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Interview with New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman on his recent book Let the People Pick the President

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Debating the Electoral College at The Cooper Union

Neal Peirce, author of The People’s President, and Dr. John Koza, Chair of National Popular Vote, debated the Electoral College with Tara Ross, author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College, and Trent England, Director of Save Our States.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell moderated this discussion on whether the electoral college is an essential element of our democracy or an obstacle to it.

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Perspectives on the Electoral College: Is 2020 a Turning Point

No matter how the popular vote for President comes out on November 3, 2020, Americans will select their President through the electoral college. With a recent Supreme Court case clarifying states ability to control electors and states representing more than 70 percent of the threshold having enacted legislation to join a National Popular Vote Compact, the status and importance of the electoral college is very much up for debate.

Will the aftermath of the 2020 election change these dynamics? Does the current electoral college system advantage one political party over the other? Is the electoral college a bulwark against fraud or not? Our panelists will weigh in on the likely impacts of the court case, the coming election and other dynamics in helping elucidate what the future holds for the electoral college.

Panelists: Tara Ross, author “Why We Need the Electoral College”, Trent England, Save Our States Project, Pat Rosenstiel, Senior Consultant, National Popular Vote, Eileen Reavey, National Grassroots Director, National Popular Vote, Eli Lehrer, President, R Street, Moderator

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NPV Opens “On-Line Store”

Want to get our message out there? Hoping to stir up some interest in NPV? Check out this link to see all the things ways you can help advertise National Popular Vote. The pictures below show a sample of what is available.

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FLORIDIANS FOR NPV PLAN FOR THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Expansion of the Floridians for NPV Steering Committee

Floridians for National Popular Vote is pleased that three Local Leaders have assumed more responsibilities and will be joining the Steering Committee. Anne Coppenhaver who has been the NPV Local Leader for Orange County is now the “Liaison” with Local Leaders; Pam Edwards-Roine is the new editor of the “NPV in the News”, and Cynthia Archbold will become Communications Coordinator. As we focus on the 2021 Legislative session, expanding our leadership team becomes essential if we are to be successful in providing the NPV educational messages. Please contact me if you would like to become more involved at krcrampton@gmail.com.

New Contact Software: Zoho

A key element of our communication program will be the ability to record and track interactions with Legislative leaders and staff. To facilitate that effort for the coming 2021 Legislative session, Floridians for NPV has installed and adapted Zoho CRM software which is now available to all the NPV Local Leaders. As Floridians for NPV volunteers connect with the Legislators on the 3 House and Senate Committees to which the NPVIC bills are assigned, they will record their interactions to facilitate and schedule subsequent follow up.

Floridians for NPV Organizational Meetings (virtual) planned for November and December

Once the 2020 Election are known, Floridians for NPV intends to hold virtual organizational meetings in early December. We want to review the results of the 2020 Election and implications for our overall strategy for the coming 2021 Legislative Session. Additionally, we will focus on the assignment of Legislators to key committees and detailed planning for contacting them and their staff in their district and Tallahassee offices during next January/February. More information will be forthcoming on the detailed plans for these events in future NPV Updates so stay tuned.

 

Myth #4: The current system typically produces undisputed outcomes, whereas recounts would be frequent under a national popular vote.

(Response adapted from NPV Website: www.nationalpopularvote.com)

Recounts would be far less likely under the National Popular Vote bill than under the current system because there would be a single large national pool of votes instead of 51 separate pools. Given the 1-in-185 chance of a recount and given that there is a presidential election every four years, one would expect a recount about once in 740 years under a National Popular Vote system. In fact, the probability of a close national election would be even less than 1-in-185 because the 1-in-185 statistic is based on statewide recounts, and recounts become less likely with larger pools of votes. Thus, the probability of a national recount would be even less than 1-in-185 (and even less frequent than once in 740 years).
Many people do not realize how rare recounts are in actual practice, how few votes are changed by recounts, and how few recounts ever change the outcome of an election.