[Update: Both the House and Senate committees voted to back the matching bills sending them on to a full vote scheduled for Thursday. ProJo 6.12.13]
(6.11) Rhode Island House and Senate committees are scheduled to vote on the ‘National Popular Vote’ bill tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11.
We just finished a presidential election in which President Obama made campaign visits to just eight states after being nominated, and Governor Romney to only ten. The bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. This would make every vote equal throughout the United States. That, in turn, would ensure that every Rhode Island voter would matter in every presidential election.
The National Popular Vote bill has already been enacted into law by Vermont, Washington state, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, California, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii. In addition, the bill has passed at least one legislative house in an additional 12 states. The Rhode Island Senate passed the bill by a 30-4 margin in 2011, but it did not pass the House.
The National Popular Vote bill is endorsed by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, FairVote, the NAACP, Sierra Club, Brennan Center for Justice, the ACLU, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, and more.
The bill is also supported by newspapers such as the Oregonian, Hartford Courant, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Sacramento Bee, and more.