Channel 34 Binghamton: Reforming Presidential Elections, NYS Senate Passes National Popular Vote Legislation

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

June 21, 2010

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2286A) to enter an interstate agreement to elect the U.S. President by national popular vote, striking away an arcane system in which candidates work for votes in a handful of states while reducing voters in more progressive or conservative states to little more than bystanders in the democratic process.

Because of the concentration of states considered “toss-ups”, in 2004 presidential candidates concentrated over two-thirds of their money and campaign visits to just five states. Additionally, over 80-percent of resources were spent in nine states; and over 99-percent of all funds in just 16 states.

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