BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights
Rep. William Pearson (D-Keene) is the prime sponsor of HB 447, also known as the "National Popular Vote Bill". The bill would see New Hampshire join in an interstate agreement to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. If passed, HB 447 would allocate New Hampshire's electoral college electors to the winner of the national popular vote. The bill would only take effect if enough states joined the agreement to constitute an electoral majority.
The bill had a divided ruling in its initial House committee, with the majority committee report voting against the bill, and the minority committee report recommending that it pass. A full House vote has yet to be scheduled.
While winning the presidential election without winning the popular vote has only occurred five times in our nation's history, it has happened twice in the past 16 years.
Supporters of the bill argue the electoral college system is unfair and not representative of the desires of the American people. The current system also creates specific "battleground" states where candidates focus much of their campaigning.
On the other hand, opponents argue that the electoral college is a foundational part of America's government and allows for checks and balances. In addition, without it rural states with fewer voters would not be fairly represented.
Do you think NH's electoral college votes should be allocated to the winner of the national popular vote? Join the discussion on Facebook or comment below. Comments will be included in a summary of this discussion and presented to legislators considering this bill. Only comments from NH residents will be counted, so please indicate if you are from NH in your response.