The Iowa Legislature is considering a proposal to make an end run around the Electoral Collage. The bill would award Iowa's 7 Electoral votes to whoever won the national popular vote. This measure would not take effect until enough states to equal the required 270 votes also agreed to award their Electoral votes based on the nationwide poplar vote. Currently, New Jersey and Maryland have passed similar laws. The bill is in a Senate committee but it appears to have overwhelming support throughout the legislature.
I find it somewhat odd that the Iowa Legislature is considering such a bill. Under our current electoral system small to mid-size states receive a disproportionate amount of attention. Large states that are comfortably in one party's column tend to not get the attention that a state with a large population should expect to receive. For example, Iowa received not just all the visits during caucus season but both campaigns made swings through the state during the general election.
I applaud the Iowa Legislature for this bill and I am in favor of anything that leads to a direct election of the President.
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