Yesterday the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill awarding the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.
The bill makes Connecticut the newest member of the National Popular Vote Compact. The compact becomes binding once states representing at least 270 electoral votes join the agreement.
Under the compact, a state gives its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationwide. That means Connecticut’s electoral votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote rather than to the presidential candidate that most voters in Connecticut supported.
Family Council helped defeat a similar proposal in the Arkansas Legislature in 2009.
Under that proposal, Arkansas’ six electoral votes would have gone to the candidate who received the most votes from the rest of the nation instead of the candidate that most Arkansans voted for.
The measure effectively would have disenfranchised Arkansas voters and made Arkansas’ presidential votes irrelevant.
If you’re curious why the Electoral College is important and why we should not elect the president via a nationwide popular vote, here’s a short video explaining some of the strengths of the Electoral College:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 13, 2018
LITTLE ROCK, AR—On Friday, Family Council released its voter’s guide for the 2018 Arkansas Primary Elections.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “I am pleased to announce the 2018 Arkansas Primary Elections Voter’s Guide from Family Council is available. We surveyed candidates for every state and federal office this year. We asked them to respond to ten survey statements and three short answer questions. Our 2018 survey covers everything from abortion, marriage, and immigration to economics and education legislation. This will help voters understand where candidates stand on a wide variety of issues.”
The response rate from candidates for the 2018 Arkansas Primary Elections Voter’s Guide was one of the highest ever. Family Council has been surveying candidates each election year since 1990. This year, seventy-seven percent of primary election candidates completed the survey. “It is refreshing to see all these candidates displaying greater transparency to the people of Arkansas,” said Cox.
Cox said the 2018 Arkansas Primary Elections Voter’s Guide includes survey responses from Arkansas Supreme Court candidates as well. “In addition to candidates for state and federal office, we also surveyed and received completed surveys from all candidates running for the Arkansas Supreme Court,” Cox said. “Judicial candidates often get overlooked during election cycles, but I think everyone agrees judges play a major role in state government. This guide will help Arkansans better understand their Arkansas Supreme Court candidates as well.”
Cox noted the 2018 Arkansas Primary Elections Voter’s Guide is nonpartisan and free to anyone who requests a copy of it. “Our goal is to help Arkansans cast informed votes. The Arkansas Voter’s Guide does not favor one candidate over another. Family Council does not endorse candidates. We simply ask the candidates where they stand on issues Arkansans care about, and then we share the candidates’ responses with voters. We also have included contact information voters can use to contact candidates who chose not to complete our survey. Anyone can request copies of the Arkansas Voter’s Guide. All they have to do is call our office in Little Rock at (501) 375-7000, and we will send them as many guides as they need. Voters can also see candidates’ survey responses online at www.ArkansasVotersGuide.com.”
Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock.
Special elections are coming up in state Senate Districts 16 and 29 and House District 83. Voter’s can find a special voter’s guide produced by Family Council Action Committee at www.ArkansasReport.com.
Candidates were asked how they would have voted on key pieces of legislation from the past legislative session. Their responses are provided on the voter’s guide.
To request free printed copies of the guides to distribute in your area, call 501-375-7000.