A national movement becoming increasingly popular is to defy the Electoral College system and instead honor the popular vote in presidential elections.
With the new proposal, Ohio’s infamous 18 electoral votes would be delivered to the presidential candidate who actually wins the national popular vote. The proposal is swiftly making its way toward the state’s November ballot.
The amendment, which was certified Monday, would force lawmakers to assure the Electoral College’s votes are delivered to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within Ohio.
The popular vote winner has lost a total of five times in U.S. history, twice since 2000. Republican victories in Ohio helped tip the 2000 election in favor of Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore and the 2016 election in favor of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.