Supporting the Abolition of the Electoral College and the Election of the President and Vice President of the United States by the National Popular Vote

RESOLUTION 17-05.15


Supporting the Abolition of the Electoral College and the Election of the President and Vice President of the United States by the National Popular Vote

WHEREAS the principle of “one person, one vote” is a cornerstone value embraced by the Democratic Party, and the Electoral College, as an institution that weighs the votes of some voters greater than others, skews the focus of presidential candidates to “swing states,” and allows for the election of a candidate who failed to win the national popular vote, as happened most recently in the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections, conflicts with that value as it does not weigh the votes of all Americans equally; and

WHEREAS a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and establishing that the president and vice president are elected directly by the national popular vote would uphold the principle of “one person, one vote,” and ensure that Californians are not ignored by presidential candidates; and

WHEREAS the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which the California Legislature has joined, and which the California Democratic Party supports, would ensure that the Electoral College elects the candidates for president and vice president who won the national popular vote, and is a state-level solution until abolishing the Electoral College becomes feasible at the national level;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party reaffirms its support for the election of the president and vice president by the national popular vote, and to that end supports abolishing the Electoral College at the national level by means of a constitutional amendment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party reaffirms its support for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact at the state level to achieve the election of the president and vice president by the national popular vote within the Electoral College system until abolishing the Electoral College can be achieved at the national level.

Author: Andres Ramos

Sponsored by: Andres Ramos, AD 9; Democratic Party of Sacramento County; Region 3; James Albert, AD 40; Carlos Alcala, AD 7; Norma Alcala, AD 7; Melinda Amato, AD 59; Ric Barreto, AD 8; Linda Bassett, AD 64; Andrew S. Becker, AD 7; Tristan Brown, AD 9; Alex Calleros, AD 43; M. Ronald Cohen, AD 42; Spencer Dayton, AD 9; Zach Denney, AD 13; Josh Donner, AD 44; Carolyn Fowler, AD 62; Shanta Franco-Clausen, AD 24; Joel Frost-Tift, AD 59; Orlando Fuentes, AD 9; Melissa Garcia, AD 38; Gina Gates, AD 27; Brian Hitchcock, AD 66; Florice Hoffman, AD 68, CDP Region 17 Director; Aleita Huguenin, AD 8; Member, Democratic National Committee; Gina Barkalow Kay, AD 9; Daraka Larimore-Hall, AD 37, CDP Secretary; Liz Lavertu, AD 71; Barbara Leary, AD 6; Kevin Lourens, AD 78; Sandra Lowe, AD 10; Member, Democratic National Committee; Porsche Middleton, AD 8; Dotty Nygard, AD 13; Mahesh Pakala, AD 25; Linda Perez, AD 43; Eleanore Rewerts, AD 3; Susan Rowe, AD 5; Garry S. Shay, AD 45, Executive Committee DNC, Lead Chair, Rules Committee; Amar Shergill, AD 9; Ryan Skolnick, AD 38; Penny Strowger, AD 44; Del Surette, AD 8; Tracey Surette, AD 8; Carol Taylor, AD 4; Cullen Tiernan, AD 20; Laurence Zakson, AD 50; Member, Democratic National Committee

 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2017 Statewide Convention
Sacramento Convention Center

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