We’re working hard to get Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), and wanted to give you a quick update.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve met with ten Representatives and Senators at the state capitol, and have gotten mostly positive responses. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), who submitted an NPVIC bill in 2011, has submitted it again for the upcoming session, which begins on Jan. 10.
The bill has been given a draft bill number. The next step is for it to be filed and assigned its official bill number. We will let you know when we have the official bill number, to ask you to contact your reps about supporting it.
We also understand from Rep. Celia Israel’s (D-Austin) office that she plans to submit an NPVIC bill as well and that Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) is very interested in supporting one. Because making the Electoral College irrelevant is a nonpartisan effort, we are actively seeking Republicans to co-sponsor.
So stay tuned for more NPVIC news in the coming weeks! We’ve also set up a new email list for NPVIC updates — click on “NPVIC Texas Campaign” in the right column of this page. And you can follow us on Facebook.