Connecticut

On April 8, 2017, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthaland Mayor Toni Harp spoke in favor of electing the President by national popular vote at a rally on the Green organized by National Popular Vote Compact Connecticut, a popular vote advocacy group.  Article

On March 24, 2017, the the Committee on Government Administration and Elections (GAE) approved the National Popular Vote bill (HB5434) and sent it to the House floor.

On February 22, 2017, the Committee on Government Administration and Elections (GAE) held hearings on the National Popular Vote bill (audio recording of the hearing). Meanwhile, Governor Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman urged the legislature to pass the National Popular Vote bill.  Over 90 pieces of public testimony were submitted to the committee.

 

Senate President Looney (sponsor of the National Popular Vote bill) at press conference on February 22, 2017

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In January 2017, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of SB9).   Also, in January 2017, the National Popular Vote bill (Status of HB5434) was introduced by Representatives Matthew Lesser, James M. Albis, Liz Linehan, Gregory Haddad, Josh Elliott, Michael D'Agostino, John "Jack" F. Hennessy, Robyn A. Porter, Bob Godfrey, and Susan M. Johnson and Senators Gary A. Winfield and Mae Flexer.  In addition, Representative Emmett Riley introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of HB5205) as did Representative Genga (Status of HB5435) and Representative Roland Lemar (Status of HB5736).

On March 7, 2014, the Connecticut Government Administration & Elections Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill (HB 5126; status of bill) by a 9–4 vote. 

The National Popular Vote bill (HB 5126) in 2014 was sponsored by:

  • Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, 130th Dist.
  • Rep. Ed Jutila, 37th Dist.
  • Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, 3rd Dist.
  • Sen. Eric D. Coleman, 2nd Dist.
  • Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, 18th Dist.
  • Sen. Edward Meyer, 12th Dist.
  • Sen. Steve Cassano, 4th Dist.
  • Sen. Anthony J. Musto, 22nd Dist.
  • Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, 18th Dist.
  • Rep. Matthew Lesser, 100th Dist.
  • Rep. David W. Kiner, 59th Dist.
  • Rep. Chris Perone, 137th Dist.
  • Rep. Brandon L. McGee, 5th Dist.
  • Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, 3rd Dist.
  • Rep. Edwin Vargas, 6th Dist.
  • Rep. Henry J. Genga, 10th Dist.
  • Rep. Roberta B. Willis, 64th Dist.
  • Rep. Juan R. Candelaria, 95th Dist.
  • Rep. Christopher A. Wright, 77th Dist.
  • Rep. Angel Arce, 4th Dist.
  • Rep. Timothy R. Bowles, 42nd Dist.
  • Rep. Bruce V. Morris, 140th Dist.
  • Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, 38th Dist.
  • Rep. Matthew Ritter, 1st Dist.
  • Rep. Geoff Luxenberg, 12th Dist.
  • Rep. Gregory Haddad, 54th Dist.
  • Rep. Larry B. Butler, 72nd Dist.
  • Rep. Diana S. Urban, 43rd Dist.
  • Rep. Peter A. Tercyak, 26th Dist.
  • Rep. Theresa W. Conroy, 105th Dist.
  • Rep. Robert Sanchez, 25th Dist.
  • Rep. Charles D. Clemons, 124th Dist.
  • Rep. John "Jack" F. Hennessy, 127th Dist.
  • Rep. Kevin Ryan, 139th Dist.
  • Rep. Charlie L. Stallworth, 126th Dist.
  • Rep. James Albis, 99th Dist.
  • Rep. Frank N. Nicastro, 79th Dist.
  • Rep. Douglas McCrory, 7th Dist.
  • Rep. Linda A. Orange, 48th Dist.
  • Rep. David Alexander, 58th Dist.
  • Rep. Joe Diminico, 13th Dist.
  • Rep. Bob Godfrey, 110th Dist.
  • Rep. John K. Hampton, 16th Dist.

On March 15, 2013, the Government Administration and Elections Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill (Raised Bill SB432). Status of bill

Co-Sponsors of Raised Bill 432 include (as of April 4, 2013), Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, Rep. Gregory Haddad, Rep. Roberta B. Willis, Rep. Peter A. Tercyak, Rep. Brandon L. McGee, Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, Rep. Joe Diminico, Rep. Brian H. Sear, Rep. Matthew Lesser, Rep. Kevin Ryan, Rep. Bob Godfrey, Rep. Geoff Luxenberg, Rep. John "Jack" F. Hennessy, Rep. Edwin Vargas, Rep. Toni E. Walker, Rep. Larry B. Butler, Rep. James Albis, Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, Sen. Steve Cassano, Sen. Edward MeyerSen. Andres Ayala, and Sen. Eric D. Coleman.

On February 25, 2013, the Government Administration and Elections Committee held hearings on the National Popular Vote bill. Testimony was provided by:

On January 25, 2012, Connecticut State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann writes in CTNewsJunkie that "Rep. John Hetherington's recent criticisms of the initiative … are so flawed that it's hard to know where to start."

On April 2, 2011, the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6331 Status of bill) was approved by the Government, Administration, and Elections (GAE) Committee by a bipartisan 10–5 vote. The bill was introduced by Rep. Andrew Fleischmann.

On May 15, 2009, a survey of 800 Connecticut voters conducted on May 14-15, 2009 showed 74% overall support for the idea that the President of the United States should be the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. Voters were asked:

"How do you think we should elect the President: Should it be the candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states, or the current Electoral College system?"

Then, voters asked a second question that emphasized that Connecticut's electoral votes would be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote in all 50 states, not Connecticut, vote. In this second question, 68% of Connecticut voters favored a national popular vote.

"Do you think it more important that Connecticut's electoral votes be cast for the presidential candidate who receives the most popular vote in Connecticut, or is it more important to guarantee that the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states becomes president?" May 2009 Connecticut poll

On May 12, 2009, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6437). The Connecticut House is the 28th state legislative chamber in the country to pass the National Popular Vote bill. The bill now goes to the Connecticut Senate.

State Representative James Spallone speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009
State Representative James Spallone speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009
State Representative Thomas Drew speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009
State Representative Thomas Drew speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009

On March 25, 2009, the Committee on Government Administration and Elections reported the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6437) with a recommendation that the bill ought to pass.

On January 25, 2009, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in the Connecticut legislature by Representatives Thomas J. Drew, Andrew Fleischmann, James F. Spallone, Diana S. Urban, Christopher L. Caruso, Andres Ayala, Charles Clemons, Jr, Christopher A. Wright, Demetrios Giannaros, Ed Jutila, Gerald Fox, III, Joe Mioli, John F. Hennessy, John W. Thompson, Juan R. Candelaria, Louis P. Esposito, Jr, Peter F. Villano, Richard F. Roy, Russell Morin, Stephen Fontana, Vickie Orsini Nardello, Matthew Lesser, Marie-Lopez Kirkley-Bey, Ezequiel Santiago, and Ernest Hewett and Senator Edith G. Prague. HB 5016 Status of HB 5016 Connecticut Post article

A survey of 797 Connecticut voters conducted April 19-20, 2008 showed 73%-27% support for a national popular vote for President. See poll results

By party, support for a national popular vote for President is 80%-20% among Democratic voters; 59%-41% among Republicans, and 76%-24% for Others. By age, support is 76%-24% among 18-29 year olds; 67%-33% among 30-45 year olds; 72%-28% among 46-65 year olds; and 78%-22% among 65-and-older. By gender, support is 81%-19% among women and 64%-36% among men. By race, support is 73%-27% among whites, 71%-29% among African-Americans, 79%-21% among Hispanics, and 66%-34% among Others. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.

On February 12, 2007, Connecticut State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6000) (Status of HB6000) into the Connecticut House for the 2007 session. Representative Thomas J. Drew also introduced a bill (HB 6018) (Status of HB6018). Hartford Courant editorial Westport News and FairField Citizen News editorial