According to Dispatch, Ohio is now considering joining the National Popular Vote Contact and leaving the Electoral College. In doing so, Ohio would award their votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote instead of whichever candidate wins Ohio. People of Ohio could vote for this constitutional measure in the fall.
If the measure were to impact the 2020 presidential race, several more states would need to join the compact. All member states to that compact would be legally obligated to give the candidate that wins the most votes nationally the win in their state.
A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. Ohio has 18 electoral votes.
Those who support the amendment to Ohio’s constitution need to get 442,958 signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 3rd in order to put the measure on the November 5th ballot.
Ohio Republican Chairman Jane Timken said in a statement: “I am saddened that Ohio Democrats have so little faith in their organization and future nominee that they would resort to devaluing the worth of Ohioans’ votes. Ohio Democrats have lost election after election, pushing the messages, talking points, and values of coastal elites. Now they want to just give our votes to California and New York outright.”
In 2016, Trump won 304 electoral votes and gained the presidency. Yet, Clinton won the national popular vote by almost 2.9 million ballots. Trump also won Ohio’s 18 electoral votes.
Last year, Trump said he supported the use of a popular vote to choose the president. Now he is expressing support for the Electoral College system.