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Apr 30, 2018

The Week In Voting Rights: Trump Wants to Get Rid Of The Electoral College; Fight Over Florida Felon Voting Heats Up

In an interview with Fox & Friends last week, President Trump, perhaps surprisingly, expressed support for doing away with the Electoral College, which granted him victory in 2016 though he lost the popular vote. Connecticut, meanwhile, may join an interstate compact which seeks to nullify the Electoral College; states that sign on to the National Popular Vote compact pledge to award all of their electoral college votes to whichever candidate wins the popular vote. If states representing 270 electoral votes sign on, the compact will go into effect. Connecticut’s decision to do so would bring the total number of electoral votes on board with the compact to 172. Tierney Sneed reports that though cities are doing all they can to ensure an accurate count on the 2020 Census, they feel they are “swimming against the tide,” in the words of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, given what they describe as a lack of leadership from the Trump administration exacerbated by concerns…

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