We are very happy that the recent National Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States adopted a resolution that "urgently reaffirms its long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished.
Part of the League’s core mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The Electoral College has been shown to decrease voter turnout because of its heavy emphasis on socalled “swing states” and the belief of voters in other states that their votes don't matter.
The Electoral College polarizes our electorate and artificially divides our nation into so-called “red” states and “blue” states. It exaggerates our sense of being a nation divided.
In a national popular vote system, EVERY vote from EVERY voter in EVERY state would count equally.
One person, one vote.
Full text of Electoral College Resolution:
Whereas: The League of Women Voters of the United States has had a position regarding the selection of the President and Vice-President of the United States since 1970 and this position supports a popular vote system and the abolition of the electoral college system, and
Whereas: The 2018-2020 recommended LWVUS program focus is The Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, which includes a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting, and
Whereas: The existing LWVUS position on The Selection of the President is directly related to these topics included in the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, and
Whereas: The method for the selection of the President has become an issue of much public discussion and concern in recent times and has generated interest among the public and among members of the League of Women Voters, and
Whereas: The LWVUS reminds us that our adopted national position on the Selection of the President calls for uniform national voting qualifications and procedures at all necessary levels to achieve a consistent nationwide electoral policy and infrastructure and that the abolition of the Electoral College is essential to achieve this standard without delay.
Therefore May It Be Resolved That: The 2018 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States urgently reaffirms its long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished
Adopted by the 2018 Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States on July 1, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.