Today I helped pass legislation to allow New York to join a multi-state compact to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The United States should directly elect its executive, and it is the only democracy that does not. In electing our President it should be one person, one vote.
We need to be a leader in the belief that the person with the most votes should win. Comparatively, voters in Wyoming have proportionately more to say in electing our president than voters here in New York. As recently as 2000, the Gore-Bush election was decided by the Supreme Court and not by the voters, when in fact the person who won the popular vote did not become our 43rd President. Finally, the Constitution commits this decision of how electors vote to the States and we need to make our voices heard.