Lawmaker Set To Propose During Lame Duck Session That Ohio Join National Popular Vote Compact
Now that the election is over, lawmakers will be coming back to work at the Statehouse for the lame duck session. But the presidential race is likely to come up in what they discuss.
Uncertified election results show Republican Donald Trump won Ohio by 454,000 votes, but Hillary Clinton is leading in the national popular vote by more than 2 million ballots. Rep. David Leland of Columbus, who’s the former head of the Ohio Democratic Party, said that shouldn’t happen. “I’ll be sponsoring legislation in the General Assembly to promote the National Popular Vote Compact, so that the people in the United States, the majority of the people who vote for a presidential candidate are the ones that get listened to.”
That compact has passed in 10 states and the District of Columbia, which all lean Democratic and have a total of 165 electoral votes – it would take effect if states with a total of 270 votes approve it, and if Congress okays it.