Proposal to honor popular vote in Ohio

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio is considering a change to the way it awards its electoral votes. Dr. Marc Clauson, Professor of History and Law with Cedarville University, joined 2 NEWS Wednesday with the details.

If the proposal is passed, Ohio would give its 18 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

The popular vote winner has lost five times in U.S. history.

“I think what happened in the founding era was that the founders weren’t sure they would trust the popular vote to come up with the best decision. So they included this electoral college as another means to put a check on some of that,” says Dr. Clauson. “I think it still has some value. I think it does prevent an appeal to mass majorities and puts a little bit of a check or balance between the popular vote and the actual choosing of the president.”

Republican victories in Ohio are considered to have tipped the 2000 election in favor of George H.W. Bush and the 2016 election for Donald Trump.

Both presidents lost the popular vote nationally.

The proposal is making its way to Ohio’s fall ballot.

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