One Person, One Vote, One Day? New York Helps the Cause Along
If you follow Electoral College politics closely (maybe in your spare time?), you’ll know that in presidential elections, we don’t actually practice one person, one vote. Given the way College votes are allocated amongst the states, it takes three times as many Floridians to get one Electoral College vote from that state than Wyomingans. (The population per college vote in Florida is 651,751 whereas it is 189,433 in Wyoming).
Yesterday, New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a bill that takes a step toward remedying the odd effects of the Electoral College on presidential elections. He signed a law that committed New York to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. (I wrote about it here when the bill passed the legislature and was awaiting his signature.)
“By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation’s voters,” Cuomo said in a statement issued after signing the law, “we are ensuring the equality of votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states.”
It’ll be interesting to see if the college reform movement gains momentum from this victory. Oklahoma’s state Senate, incidentally, passed the measure earlier this year. But it looks like the House essentially killed the bill.