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JULY 3, 2008--Governor Carcieri has vetoed a bill supported by both houses of the General Assembly and 74% of Rhode Islanders across party lines that would enter Rhode Island into a compact to directly elect the President and Vice-President. The state-based plan, which would come into effect once states comprising a majority of the Electoral College sign on, is already law in 4 states, and has been approved by 19 of the nation's legislative chambers.
"Tomorrow we will celebrate the freedom of the American people," Savitzky said, "That freedom should include the right to directly elect our president on a one-person one-vote basis."
In his veto message, Governor Carcieri claimed that "no serious effort had been made" to amend the Constitution to create a national popular vote, despite the fact that amendments have been proposed and voted on in Congress several times in the 20th century.
"The Constitution is very clear as to who has the power to decide how electoral votes are awarded, and that power is vested exclusively and specifically in the state legislatures; The NPV compact flows directly from that constitutional basis," Savitzky said. "By vetoing this measure, it is the Governor who has subverted that principle."
"Rhode Island is currently ignored in presidential elections under the safe state versus swing state Electoral College system," Savitzky said. "A national popular vote will mean that all of our votes will matter."
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