Sample letters to the editor

New Mexico Senator Mimi Stewart, published November 7, 2018, in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Let’s all support the National Popular Vote

Twice in the last five elections, we have seen a candidate lose the popular vote and still move in to the White House. The National Popular Vote compact provides the most effective way to guarantee that the candidate who wins the popular vote will win the presidency, and I stand in support of it. The New Mexico Legislature has twice passed National Popular Vote bills. Next year, 2019, is the year we place a bill on the governor’s desk to sign.

The U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures control over awarding their electoral votes, and it’s time we exercise that right. By entering the National Popular Vote compact, states pledge to give all of their Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide. This agreement goes into effect once enacted by states collectively possessing enough electoral votes to elect a president (270 of 538). When I tell my fellow New Mexicans that their vote matters, it should apply to every single office, including the presidency. Learn more about the National Popular Vote at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Fe. For details, visit


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Linda Hughes, published December 13, 2018, in the Taos News

Elect the president by national popular vote

The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes after totaling the votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Once passed, the bill ensures that the president is the popular choice of the American electorate, without amending the United States Constitution or eliminating the Electoral College. The bill embraces the power given to each state under the Constitution to allocate its electoral votes as it chooses.

The bill has been passed by 12 states and the District of Columbia. It was passed by the New Mexico Senate in 2017 and by the New Mexico House in 2009.

Now, with the winner-take-all system of allocating electoral votes used by most states (including New Mexico), the presidential campaign is centered on 12 battleground states. New Mexico isn't one of them. Consequently, presidential candidates often ignore issues important to New Mexicans because the election is considered noncompetitive here.

Once the National Popular Vote bill takes effect, every vote will count. Presidential candidates will no longer be able to ignore the concerns and views of New Mexico voters, regardless of party affiliation.

The National Popular Vote bill is a nonpartisan bill that doesn't favor or disfavor any party, candidate or area (rural, urban, low or high population).

The bill has wide support across the political spectrum.

The winner of the presidential election should be the winner of the national popular vote.

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Deborah Van Hecke, published December 19, 2018, in the Santa Fe Reporter

As a result of the unfortunate state-based "winner-take-all" method of counting Americans' popular votes during the US presidential elections, twice in the last five presidential elections we have seen a candidate lose the popular vote and still move to the White House. And this is just one of the many tragic disadvantages of the current system. Instead, New Mexico should pass the National Popular Vote bill during the 2019 legislative session, which would allow our state to award all of its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Eleven other states and DC already have enacted the same state law, and together with New Mexico it will then just take another 93 electoral votes to reach the national threshold and make every American vote equal. Our votes should matter in every election, presidential included. For more information, go to the National Popular Vote-New Mexico website (


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Melora Palmer, published January 14, 2019, in the Albuquerque Journal

Let’s make New Mexico’s votes count again

A handful of “swing” states dominate national attention during presidential campaigns. Why? Because “swing” states are closely divided politically, so that a shift in a small number of votes for one candidate or another can swing 100 percent of the state’s electoral votes to a candidate. This means that the concerns of the “swing” state voters are addressed by presidential candidates to the exclusion of voters in other states.

This unfair situation is due to the “winner-take-all” provision in Electoral College laws of almost every state. The result is that 75 percent of the states are virtually ignored by both parties during a presidential campaign, including New Mexico. It also means that New Mexican votes are not on equal footing with other national votes.

The National Popular Vote makes every vote in every state equal, so that presidential candidates will have to campaign in all 50 states, including New Mexico, not just the few “swing” states. And it means that every vote counts equally, even if coming from a smaller Electoral College vote state such as New Mexico.

Working within the U.S. Constitution and the Electoral College, under the National Popular Vote, states simply commit to awarding their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote across all 50 states, thereby guaranteeing that the winner of the popular vote will win the presidency. The National Popular Vote takes effect when enough states joining add up to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to elect a president.


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Ute Haker, published February 25, 2019, in the Santa Fe New Mexican

The answer to Berl Brechner’s question (“Should we elect the president by popular vote?” My View, Feb. 17), needs to be a resounding yes — instead of falling prey to the misconceptions and misleading language on which he bases his false arguments.

In reality, the highest priority for electing U.S. presidents is not state power but making every American vote count. As a voter, I want presidents who are elected by the majority across the land, not the majority in a given state, especially when the latter has caused five out of 45 presidents to be second-place “winners.” Even if we want to consider state power, it’s actually the current system that denies the majority of states a say by focusing political attention on a few “battlegrounds” like Ohio while ignoring New Mexico and her many fellow “spectators.” Brechner repeatedly warns against being “snookered.” Let’s take his advice and not get snookered by him.