Background: National Popular Vote is a reform to ensure that presidential elections
are decided by the majority. One person, one vote. It’s that simple. As
Electoral College votes are allocated now, the majority does not always
prevail. Instead, the votes in a handful of “swing” states can determine
an election. If you live in a “Blue State” or “Red State” then
candidates have no reason to try to earn your vote.
States passing this reform agree to cast their electoral votes for the candidate who receives a majority of the popular vote. The compact takes effect once it’s adopted by states with a majority of electors. Already, it has been enacted in Vermont, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington State, Illinois, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and is over 60% of the way to the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to trigger the reform.Oregon’s Legislature passed this bill through its House Chamber in 2009, 2013, 2015, and again now in 2017. Each time, the Senate has blocked it. It’s important that the Senate hear that many Oregonians support this bill. Let them know we look to them to pass it – as is – without amendments.Please use the form to submit testimony to the Oregon Senate Rules Committee -- use the talking points below to write your own testimony:- Start by introducing yourself, with your name, and what part of the state you are from (or your legislative district)- State your support for HB 2927 (National Popular Vote)- Briefly share why you think it’s important (this can be as brief as a sentence or two).- Close by urging the committee’s support for the bill. Ask them to pass the bill outright, without amending it, referring it to voters, or any other diversion intended to block the bill, and to send it directly to the Senate floor for a vote.
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Testimony on HB 2927
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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