A well financed group of political busybodies is trying to change our United States Constitution by unconstitutional means, that is, without amending the Constitution in the proper way. These people don't like the way the Constitution provides for electing our Presidents by the Electoral College, and they want to abolish it in a very devious way. These people call themselves the National Popular Vote project. Their plan is to get state legislatures to pass laws promising that, in the next presidential election, the legislators will ignore how their own state voted, decide which candidate they think has the most votes nationwide, and then order their state's electors to vote for that candidate. In other words, they would steal votes away from some candidates and transfer those votes to another candidate. That would be vote-stealing on a massive scale.
The Electoral College is a vital part of our constitutional system of federalism. It is a process that respects both the states and the people. It is grounded in the same brilliant compromise that gave us the U.S. Congress, with one House based on population and the other House representing the states. The Electoral College respects the fact that we are both a nation of "We the People" and also a nation of 50 sovereign states.
The Electoral College has served us well for more than two centuries and there is every reason to believe it can continue to serve us for the next century. It has allowed peaceful transfers of power from one party to another time and time again.
Unfortunately, several states have already passed this mischievous plan called National Popular Vote. If it comes up in your state, I hope you will tell your state legislators to vote No. In the words of the old adage, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
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