In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, voters make their selections in the presidential election at the Oak Park Community Center in Oak Park, Michigan. Michigan would award its 15 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if enough other states also join the pact under a 2022 ballot initiative announced Sept. 27, 2021, by former top leaders in both major political parties. Credit: Clarence Tabb, Jr. / Detroit News via AP

Letters submitted by BDN readers are verified by BDN Opinion Page staff. Send your letters to

Please support  LD 1578, the bill in our Maine Legislature that supports the National Popular Vote. Every elected official in the U.S. gets elected by a popular vote; she who gets the most votes wins — except when we vote for president.  

The Electoral College system enables us to elect presidents who lose the popular vote but win the electoral college vote. In  two of the past six presidential elections, candidates have won the presidency but lost the popular vote. This needs to change.

The idea behind the National Popular Vote is that when states with 270 or more combined electors sign on, they will support whichever candidate wins the popular vote in all 50 states. Everyone’s vote will count the same. Not only is this more fair than the current system, it is more democratic.

So far 15 states and Washington D.C. with a total of 195 electoral votes have signed on to the compact, and Maine should follow suit. Because states have the constitutional right to assign electors in any way they choose, National Popular Vote is constitutional and a common sense fix to a system that is simply not fair. People should please support LD 1578 with their local senator and state representative.

Emanuel Pariser