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Poll: Should Oregon honor national popular vote?

If passed, this bill would make it so that Oregon's electoral college votes go to the person who receives the national popular vote, rather than the state popular vote.

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 6:24 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 6:33 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- A national movement to change the electoral college voting process is making waves here in Oregon.

"If Oregon joined onto this and other states joined onto this, there could be a very real impact in who wins the presidency," Eugene resident Dan Lawler said.

That's what supporters of the National Popular Vote movement are hoping for.

So far, 13 states and the District of Columbia have already passed bills to honor the national popular vote.

"Every single state that has passed it so far has been a blue state," Oregon State Professor Christopher Stout said.

States that have joined this movement have decided to cast their electoral college votes that would normally be reserved for whoever wins the vote in their state to the person that wins the popular vote across the entire nation.

Stout said it will be difficult to get states with smaller populations on board.

"States like Idaho would be giving up a disproportionate advantage to vote for such a thing," Stout said.

So if Oregon passes Senate Bill 870 and joins other states in honoring the popular vote, supporters of this bill said that casting your ballot could have a lot more weight in the future.

However, some people could still feel left out.

"What they're going to be thinking is that their vote and their voice in government is controlled by a couple of urban pockets in specific states in the U.S., and I think that's a valid concern," Lawler said.

Either way, Lawler said he thinks this movement is a reflection of a growing issue across the nation.

"I think the fact that this issue is becoming such a big thing that so many people care about is very reflective of how a lot of Americans have been feeling in the past few years," Lawler said. "We'll see if it becomes something that influences the next election."

The Oregon Senate is set to vote on this bill sometime next week.

What do you think about the bill? Let us know in the poll below:

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