The Myth of the Bipartisan National Popular Vote Plan

Jillian Evans, Brian J. Gaines

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Advocates of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) promise that it can deliver plurality electoral rule ("first past the post") for presidential elections, at the national level, without amending the Constitution or abolishing the Electoral College. They also contend that the plan has seen bipartisan support and will pass on the strength of such cross-party attraction. In fact, the NPVIC remains a polarizing scheme, strongly appealing to most Democrats and strongly repellant to most Republicans. In turn, it is extremely unlikely that sufficiently many states will join the Compact for it to reach the next stage of legal testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-373
Number of pages29
JournalForum (Germany)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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