We all had that one friend who, when losing at any particular game, would subsequently just change the rules. That’s how many people feel about Ohio’s latest electoral maneuver.
After the 2016 election, the democratic party was dejected, despondent, and in dire need of a change. Not only was the DNC found to have colluded with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in order to rig the primaries, eliminating Bernie Sanders from contention, but the strategy was all for naught. Hillary was trounced by President Trump via a number of shrewd campaigning moves designed to exploit Clinton’s unwillingness to court certain, important votes within the electoral college.
Now, thanks to the “resistance” schtick in DC, lawmakers in one swing state are aiming to make a major change to the way votes are tallied in The Buckeye State.
A proposal making its way through the Ohio statehouse would award Ohio’s electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in presidential elections if it passes.
The constitutional amendment, which state lawmakers certified on Monday, would require state lawmakers to ensure state electoral votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the candidate who wins the most votes within Ohio.
If Ohio’s legislature approves the measure, it would be the 14th state legislative body to pass a bill agreeing to award Electoral College votes to a presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
Nearly a third of the nation has already made the change.
Thirteen states— Colorado, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut— and the District of Columbia have already passed the National Popular Vote Interstate compact.
Will this play a role in the 2020 election? And, if so, will the rejected nominee use this opportunity to attack the system upon which our nation elects its public servants?
We won’t have to wait long to find out.
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