Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State, says the Electoral College — in which a body of electors chosen by the voters in each state gathers to elect the president and vice president — must go.
"All the presidential elections, the last two at least, have been all about electing a president in 10 or less states," Long told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
He explained that in New York state, for instance, candidates campaign in New York City, but skip communities upstate.
"I get tired of listening to some of my own supporters saying, 'why should I vote for president? It doesn't count here in New York.' Well, upstate New York is quite different than New York City," he said.
"If every one of those people, just like in many of the counties in California, knew that their vote was going to count, they would make it their business to get out.
"So we would raise the vote and we would raise the level and therefore a candidate should be forced to campaign, when possible, in every nook, cranny and crevice throughout the country."
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Long said all the plan needs is enough states that add up to 270 in the Electoral College to negate that body.
"I was never a believer in this system of the national popular vote movement until I guess I went through the last two presidential elections — and I've been [around] long enough to tell you the presidential candidates used to come here and campaign," he said.
"They don't even come and go to the local firehouse. They come here, they pick up the checks, they go to one of the clubs, one of the hotels, in and out. In and out."
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