Letter: Every vote should count
I’m writing in support of the National Popular Vote. Having been an election judge in Boulder County for the past 30 years, I see how keen voters are to make sure their vote counts. And the office of President and Vice President are the only federal & state offices that are not decided by popular vote. That’s a travesty. Two-thirds of the presidential and vice-presidential post-convention campaign events in 2012 were conducted in just four states (Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa). Wouldn’t it be grand if presidential campaigns were run in all 50 states? Every vote, regardless of location, would matter equally under a national popular vote. And if the race is incredibly close, voters in the West, Hawaii and Alaska would undoubtedly flock to the polls because they would feel enfranchised knowing that their votes will literally tip the balance – unlike now when once the Eastern and part of the Central time zone votes are tabulated, we know who will be president. Currently, there is little incentive to vote in the Mountain, Pacific, Hawaiian-Aleutian or Alaskan time zones except for state and local issues.
There are many myths to be addressed by adversaries to the National Popular Vote, and I would like to respond to a particularly egregious one: The compact between the states counts the popular votes from member states on an equal footing with those from non-member states. Votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are included in calculating the national popular vote total.
May every vote count in our democracy!
Margrethe “Gete” Bond
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