Last week, Hawaii Governor vetoed the National Popular Vote bill. This happened after the two houses decided to pass it, supporting the movement for the popular election of the President. Yet, the battle is not lost , since the majority was so broad that it is conceivable the veto to be overridden. Hawaii would then become the second state passing the bill, after Maryland. It seems that many states are interested in this reform, since the bill has already been introduced in 47 out of 50. Several advantages of NPV are obvious:
-it would apply the “one man, one vote” principle and reduce the inequalities between different states (a citizen in Nebraska has much more weight than a NYCer with the current system)
-this would encourage people to vote and make the turnout higher
-in Massachusetts, people’s voice would at last count. Even if the state would stay a blue one, Democrats would have to campaign here to win as many votes as possible! And Republicans would pay attention, too, to avoid loosing too many votes. None of the parties could ignore anymore the population of the state.
The issue is very likely to be on the Massachusetts House’s floor in the coming months. So, the time has come to explain the legislature that people in Massachusetts really want their vote to count!