Today is a dark day for voting system reform, and the culprit is not what you would expect. National Popular Vote passed in Oregon yesterday.
As currently written, NPV is fundamentally incompatible with alternative voting methods. I’m 100% for reforming the electoral collage, but as the NPV interstate compact is written, states who don’t use our archaic “Choose One Only” Plurality voting actually would not have their votes count towards the popular vote.
This is a disconnect that could have been fixed, but after over 2 years of reaching out a satisfactory solution has not been proposed. Will NPV leadership wake up, or will they essentially entrench vote splitting and the spoiler effect into our Presidential elections for posterity? Or is it too late?
We remain committed to not only fighting for better voting, but also working to make the election reform movement as a whole more cohesive. There are a lot of problems out there, and solving them all is possible. We need to think big picture.
"Chapter 6 - Every Vote Equal p. 263 starts to answer you question about what would happen if a state elected the president by anything other than a popular vote:" - Eileen Reavy
"Because the purpose of the compact is to achieve a nationwide popular vote for President and Vice President, the popular vote counts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are included in the “national popular vote total” regardless of whether the jurisdiction is a member of the compact. That is, the compact counts the popular votes from member states on an equal footing with those from non-member states. Votes from all states and the District of Columbia are treated equally in calcu- lating the “national popular vote total.”
Popular votes can, however, only be counted from non-member states if there are popular votes available to count. As previously mentioned, Article II of the compact guarantees that each member state will produce a popular vote count because it re- quires member states to permit their voters to vote for President and Vice President in a “statewide popular election.” Even though all states have permitted their voters to vote for presidential electors in a “statewide popular election” since the 1880 election, non-member states are, of course, not bound by the compact. In the unlikely event that a non-member state were to take the presidential vote away from its own people, there would be no popular vote count available from such a state."