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Thursday, February 09, 2012

National Popular Vote Is a Bad Idea

Moving quietly without any publicity is a plan to change how U.S. Presidents are elected. It would bypass the procedure spelled out in the U.S. Constitution which has been used successfully for over two centuries. The Constitution prescribes how we elect our Presidents. It is a mirror image of the Great Compromise designed by the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which brought together the large and small states by means of a national Congress, with the House based on population and the Senate based on state sovereignty. Likewise, when the presidential electors meet in gatherings called the Electoral College, each state's vote is equal to the sum of its House and Senate representation in Congress. Our Founding Fathers understood that America is a nation of both "we the people" and a federal system of states, so it allows all states, regardless of size, to be players in electing our President.

The plan to change this system is called National Popular Vote. It is a scheme to deviously bypass the grand design of our U.S. Constitution and the Electoral College. These people are sending high-paid lobbyists around the country to persuade state legislatures to adopt this plan. These lobbyists are trying to get state legislatures to enact identical laws requiring their own state's presidential electors to ignore the winner of their own state's presidential election, and instead cast all their state's votes for the candidate whom the politicians estimate received the most popular votes nationwide.

If these lobbyists can get enough states, they will be able to steal votes away from some candidates, transfer those votes to another candidate, and thereby construct a fake majority to elect our President. You might say it is legalized vote-stealing. Tell your state legislators to reject this un-American plan.

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