In less than a week, we should know who will be our next president. And while we choose one based on the Electoral College, could this be the last time we do that? There's a movement to get away from that process and go with a popular vote.
“I would like to see a change,” local voter Eddie Their said.
“I do believe the popular vote is a better method,” said Jennifer Hodges, another local voter.
Finding someone that likes the idea of choosing our president by popular vote is easy, but making the change takes some time.
“We want every voter in every state to be politically relevant in every presidential election, and the current system doesn't offer that promise,” said Pat Rosenstiel with the group National Popular Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan group pushing state legislatures across the country to adopt the popular vote.
There are 11 states totaling 165 electoral votes that have already made the pledge. The proposal still needs more support from states to meet the threshold of 270.
The organization believes that making voters in every state relevant will get more people engaged. In the 2012 presidential election, Texas was one of four states that saw a voter turnout of less than 50 percent.
“Not having an effective voice, or a politically relevant voice where every voter in your state becomes important to the national total, you see a depression in turnout,” Rosenstiel said.
When asked if he would have liked to have seen the presidential candidates spend more time in Texas, local voters said that they absolutely would.
“I know they’re busy and you’ve got 50 states and they only have so many months to cover, but you always want them to spend more time in your home state,” local voter Delfino Ornelas said.
Rosenstiel believes we will be using popular vote by 2020.
“The current system is unsustainable, untenable. The truth is, if you’re a battleground state voter, you have all the influence with the American president,” Rosenstiel noted.
National Popular Vote says it has been in talks with both Democratic and Republican state lawmakers about making the change to the popular vote.
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