Phil Scott on Government Reform
Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote
Sen. Scott voted NO on the proposed bill:
Vermont legislative summary for S.34:
OnTheIssues explanation: This bill proposes a method to ensure the popular election
of the president without requiring a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Electoral College.
- Agreement among the states to elect the President by national popular vote.
- Each member state shall conduct a statewide popular election for
- The chief election official of each member state shall add such votes together to produce a "national popular vote total" for each presidential slate.
- The chief election official of each member state shall designate one presidential
slate as the "national popular vote winner."
- Each member state shall appoint the elector slate associated with the national popular vote winner.
Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 15-10-4; died in House without a vote.
Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.34
, Feb 27, 2009
Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors
Sen. Scott voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:
Vermont legislative findings for S.278: Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk
and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large
contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.Identification of persons who publish political
advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.
Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.
Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278
, Apr 25, 2008
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