National Popular Vote Supporters

These are the supporters of replacing the Electoral College, in one way or another, with a national popular vote, a movement which, if it succeeds, will be just as, if not more, damaging than the 17th Amendment to our liberty.

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League of Women Voters


Common Cause


  • Action Together Connecticut
  • CT Women for Progress
  • Democracy Awakens
  • Indivisible CT
  • Women’s March on Washington CT Chapter
  • League of Women Voters of Connecticut
  • Daily Kos


National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Brennan Center for Justice

National Latino Congreso

Hartford Courant

Connecticut Post


ACLU of Nevada


MASSPIRG, MassVOTE, Oiste, NAACP, ACLU, AARP, Sierra Club, JALSA, Black Political Task Force, Public Citizen, Demos, FairVote, National Latino Congreso, Asian American Action Fund, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

Boston Globe, the MetroWest Daily News, the Brockton Enterprise, the Cape Cod Times, the Berkshire Eagle, the Patriot Ledger, the Milford Daily News, the Dover-Sherborn Press, the Daily News Transcript, the Lexington Minute Man, the Taunton Daily Gazette, the Boston Phoenix,  the Sun Chronicle, New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Miami Herald


Asian American Action Fund (AAA-Fund)

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP)

National Popular Vote

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 

John C. Berg, Professor of Government, Suffolk University

Ron Buckmire, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Occidental College

John M. Carey, Wentford Professor in the Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Government, Dartmouth College

Brian F. Crisp, Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis

Thomas De Luca, Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies Program, Fordham University

Todd Donovan, Professor of Political Science, Western Washington University

Paul Finkelman, Senior Fellow in the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania

James A. Gardner, Distinguished Professor of Civil Justice, Director of Jaeckle Center for Law and Democracy, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Steven Greene, Associate Professor of Political Science, North Carolina State University

Bob Holmes, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Clark Atlanta University

Elijah B.Z. Kaminsky, Professor of Political Science Emertius, Arizona State University

Alexander Keyssar, Professor of History and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government-Harvard University

Peter Levine, Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University

Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego 

Michael McDonald, Associate Professor of Government and Political Science

Lorenzo Morris, Professor of Political Science, Howard University

Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

Perry J. Mitchell, Professor of Political Science (Retired), Northern Virginia Community College

Jamin Raskin, Professor of Law and Director of Law and Government Program, American University Washington College of Law

Howard Scarrow, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, SUNY Stony Brook

David Schultz, Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law

Matthew Shugart, Professor of Political Science, UC Davis

Rogers Smith, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylania

Robert Smith, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Leonard Steinhorn, Professor of Public Communication and Affiliate Professor of History, American University

Todd Swanstrom, Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis 

Rein Taagepera, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UC Irvine

Caroline Tolbert, Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa

Joseph F. Zimmerman, Professor of Political Science, University of Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy



One thought on “National Popular Vote Supporters

  1. Trump, November 13, 2016, on “60 Minutes”
    “ I would rather see it, where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes, and somebody else gets 90 million votes, and you win. There’s a reason for doing this. Because it brings all the states into play.”

    From 1932-2008 the combined popular vote for Presidential candidates added up to Democrats: 745,407,082 and Republican: 745,297,123 — a virtual tie. Republicans have done very well in the national popular vote.

    Some supporters not mentioned:

    Congressmen Bob Barr (Libertarian- GA), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), and Senator Fred Thompson (R–TN).

    The National Advisory Board of National Popular Vote includes former Congressmen John Buchanan (R–Alabama), and former Senators Birch Bayh (D–Indiana), David Durenberger (R–Minnesota), and Jake Garn (R–Utah).

    In 1969, The U.S. House of Representatives voted for a national popular vote by a 338–70 margin. It was endorsed by Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and various members of Congress who later ran for Vice President and President such as then-Congressman George H.W. Bush, and then-Senator Bob Dole.

    Newt Gingrich summarized his support for the National Popular Vote bill by saying: “No one should become president of the United States without speaking to the needs and hopes of Americans in all 50 states. … America would be better served with a presidential election process that treated citizens across the country equally. The National Popular Vote bill accomplishes this in a manner consistent with the Constitution and with our fundamental democratic principles.”

    The bill was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).

    In 2016 the Arizona House of Representatives passed the bill 40-16-4.
    Two-thirds of the Republicans and two-thirds of the Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives sponsored the bill.
    In January 2016, two-thirds of the Arizona Senate sponsored the bill.

    In 2014, the Oklahoma Senate passed the bill by a 28–18 margin.

    On March 25, 2014 in the New York Senate, Republicans supported the bill 27-2; Republicans endorsed by the Conservative Party by 26-2; The Conservative Party of New York endorsed the bill.
    In the New York Assembly, Republicans supported the bill 21–18; Republicans endorsed by the Conservative party supported the bill 18–16.

    In May 2011, Jason Cabel Roe, a lifelong conservative activist and professional political consultant wrote in “National Popular Vote is Good for Republicans:” “I strongly support National Popular Vote. It is good for Republicans, it is good for conservatives . . . , and it is good for America. National Popular Vote is not a grand conspiracy hatched by the Left to manipulate the election outcome.
    It is a bipartisan effort of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to allow every state – and every voter – to have a say in the selection of our President, and not just the 15 Battle Ground States [that then existed in 2011].

    National Popular Vote is not a change that can be easily explained, nor the ramifications thought through in sound bites. It takes a keen political mind to understand just how much it can help . . . Republicans. . . . Opponents either have a knee-jerk reaction to the idea or don’t fully understand it. . . . We believe that the more exposure and discussion the reform has the more support that will build for it.”

    Some more supporters:
    Saul Anuzis, former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for five years and a former candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, supports the National Popular Vote plan as the fairest way to make sure every vote matters, and also as a way to help Conservative Republican candidates. This is not a partisan issue and the National Popular Vote plan would not help either party over the other.

    The Nebraska GOP State Chairman, Mark Fahleson.

    Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State

    Rich Bolen, a Constitutional scholar, attorney at law, and Republican Party Chairman for Lexington County, South Carolina, wrote:”A Conservative Case for National Popular Vote: Why I support a state-based plan to reform the Electoral College.”

    Some other supporters who wrote forewords to “Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote” include:

    Laura Brod who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010 and was the ranking Republican member of the Tax Committee. She was the Minnesota Public Sector Chair for ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and active in the Council of State Governments.

    James Brulte the California Republican Party chairman, who served as Republican Leader of the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1996, California State Senator from 1996 to 2004, and Senate Republican leader from 2000 to 2004.

    Ray Haynes who served as the National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2000. He served in the California State Senate from 1994 to 2002 and was elected to the Assembly in 1992 and 2002

    Dean Murray was a member of the New York State Assembly. He was a Tea Party organizer before being elected to the Assembly as a Republican, Conservative Party member in February 2010. He was described by Fox News as the first Tea Party candidate elected to office in the United States.

    Thomas L. Pearce who served as a Michigan State Representative from 2005–2010 and was appointed Dean of the Republican Caucus. He has led several faith-based initiatives in Lansing.

    The bill has been endorsed by the Anderson Herald Bulletin (IN), Fayetteville Observer (NC), The Tennessean (TN), Daily Astorian (OR), The Register Guard (OR), Sarasota Herald Tribune (FL), Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX), The Baxter Bulletin(AR), Redding Searchlight (CA), Frederick News Post (MD), Kent County Times(RI), York Daily Record (PA), Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus (IL), Enterprise News(MA), Hartford Courant (CT), Westport News and Fairfield Citizen News (CT), Connecticut Post (CT), Patriot Ledger(MA), Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN), and The Columbian (WA).

    Support for a national popular vote for President has been strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in every state surveyed. In the 41 red, blue, and purple states surveyed, overall support has been in the 67-81% range – in rural states, in small states, in Southern and border states, in big states, and in other states polled.

    Most Americans don’t ultimately care whether their presidential candidate wins or loses in their state or district. Voters want to know, that no matter where they live, even if they were on the losing side, their vote actually was equally counted and mattered to their candidate. Most Americans think it is wrong that the candidate with the most popular votes can lose. We don’t allow this in any other election in our representative republic.


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