The Government Administration and Elections committee voted to include the state in a national initiative to elect the President by popular vote, sending the bill to the Senate floor.
Under the current system, presidential campaigns are heavily focused on and election outcomes are often dictated by the preferences of swing state voters. In some cases, as former Sen. Lieberman knows all too well, a candidate can win the popular vote but lose the Presidency. According to the National Popular Vote campaign, 99.6 percent of major party advertising spending in the months leading up to the election takes place in 10 states. Reliably blue Connecticut isn\’t one of them, and the organization finds this state as among the top 10 net exporters of campaign contributions.
The measure would award Connecticut\’s seven electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote. If the initiative gets support from states with 270 votes, the president would be elected by popular vote. So far, the proposal has support from eight states and D.C.–132 votes in total.
“The bottom line is that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide should be the candidate who becomes President. That’s what National Popular Vote does,” said State Rep. Ed Jutila (37th District), co-chair of the GAE committee, in a statement.