I have been researching the National Popular Vote movement for about a year, reading articles and books about the compact. I have come to the conclusion that it is an idea whose time has come. It would cast each state’s electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote for those states that agree to the compact.

When the Constitution was written including the Electoral College, most Americans could not read or write. Slaves were counted in the allocation of electoral votes. Thankfully, we are in a much better place today. It is time to abandon the indirect election of the president.

We do not elect our governors, senators or congressional representatives by indirect vote. We shouldn’t continue to elect our president through indirect vote. While amending the Constitution would be the best solution, it is nearly impossible to do; consider the fate of the Equal Rights Amendment. So the Compact was created as a way to allow the will of the people to elect the president.

Another benefit of the Compact is to lessen the focus on individual swing states, and make every vote count. Maine would benefit from this. We don’t want to elect a minority president. Mainers want to elect the president with the most votes nationwide.


Janet Williams


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