Popular Vote Vs. Electoral College

Apr 4, 2019

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and guest host Ann Fisher discuss a proposed constitutional amendment before requiring that Ohio’s presidential electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote.

Ned Foley, an Ohio State law professor and elections expert, joins the show.

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In this week's episode:

Popularity Contest

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes nationwide than Donald Trump, but he garnered 77 more electoral votes than she did, so Trump won the White House. That was the fifth time in U.S. history a candidate won the presidency while losing the national popular vote.

Now, a growing number of states are passing measures to ensure that their electoral votes will go to the candidate with the most actual votes across the nation. Ohio might be next, as a group called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact works to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in an upcoming election.

Gas Tax Lacks

The Ohio House and Senate reached a deal to raise the gas tax by 10.5 cents per gallon beginning in July. While Gov. Mike DeWine signed the transportation budget, the gas tax is below the 18-cent increase he requested.

Estimates say the taxes will generate over $800 million in new revenue for road construction projects, lawmakers seem to agree that this will only solve the state's problems for a few years.

Snollygoster Of The Week

John Stafford, a local businessman, is leading an anti-levy campaign against Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools that appears to have become unusually aggressive.

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