Stop The Movement To Do Away With The Electoral College



The Electoral College is the most misunderstood of all American government institutions.


The Framers created it to balance the rural interests against the city interests. It was thought that if the President was elected by popular vote that the city vote would always win. Candidates would campaign mostly in the cities and would push city interests and city legislation because that is where the votes were. Rural voters might as well just forget it.

This is also precisely why we had one of the first bicameral legislative systems in the world. The House of Representatives is based on popular vote but the Senate is based on geographical area. So a lightly populated state like Vermont, Wyoming or North Dakota received the same number of Senators (2) as much more populous New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas or California. The Senate can block city interests from hogging the legislative agenda.


The Electoral College had another benefit that maybe the Framers didn’t see, or maybe they did who knows. It keeps elections concentrated on two parties with a state winner take all policy. If your party gets  more votes than any other in a state then you get all the Electoral Votes of that state. The Green Party, The Ralph Nader Party, The Ross Perot Party, The Libertarian Party, The Vegetarian Party – they can all field candidates but unless they win the majority of the popular vote of a state than they receive zero Electoral votes. This tends to keep low vote receivers out of contention.


Why is this important? Well if each Party receives its portion of the popular vote it usually results in nobody getting 51%. Let’s say we have 7 Parties for President on the ballot and there is no Electoral College  – popular vote winner take all. So this is how it could look.


Party A – 28%

Party B – 21%

Party C – 16%

Party D – 11%

Party E – 10%

Party F – 8%

Party G – 6%


Now would you give Party A the Presidency, would you require a run-off between the two top vote-getters or would you do what Europe does, require a coalition of Parties to govern? That has been a disaster for Europe with many governments lasting 6 months before the coalition breaks down and a new election is called. That process is then repeated over and over.


In the example above 51% of the voters did not vote for the two top Parties. Is it then fair to have them run off?



But there is an even more important point that Dick Morris makes quite well. The Democrats are for this proposal because they know that they can ramp up the vote in major cities, legally and illegally. And that this will be the biggest inducement for voter fraud ever enacted. So that the over the top Democrat voter totals in the top 30 cities in the nation could end up deciding the Presidential race. And nobody can deliver the city vote like the Democrats.


This is precisely what the Framers did not want to see – city votes making rural votes irrelevant.


A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.  

The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted.  When enough states pass this law — sufficient to cast 270 votes for the a majority of the Electoral College — it will take effect.

The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.
So far, nine states and D.C. — casting 136 electoral votes — have joined — half way to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect.  The ratifying states are: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, DC, Vermont, California, and Rhode Island.  

Both houses in New York have passed it and it’s on Governor Cuomo’s desk.

And, it has already passed one house in:  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon.   These states, plus New York represent 107 votes.  Combined with the others they are up to 242 votes.  They need 270.

Who is pushing this?

All of the ratifying voted for Obama as did eight of the ten one house states.

The Movement is funded, in part, by the Center for Voting and Democracy, a George Soros-funded election group.

Essentially, it is an end run around the regular constitutional amending process.  Rather than get a two-thirds majority of each house of Congress and three-quarters of the states, this proposal would take effect when a simple majority approve it.

Why are Democrats pushing this plan?

Democrats usually see a smaller percentage of their people go to the polls than Republicans do. 

Under the electoral vote system, they figure why beat the drums to get a high turnout in New York City when the state will go Democrat anyway?  But, if it’s the popular vote that matters, the big city machines can do their thing — with devastating impact. 

And think of the chances for voter fraud!  Right now, the biggest cities, the ones most firmly in Democratic control (e.g. Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.) are all solidly in blue states.  Not only does this make it unnecessary to maximize turnouts there, but it also makes it unnecessary to promote double voting, fraudulent voting, and all the other tricks of the trade at which Democrats excel.

But if the popular vote determines who will be the next president, we can bet that the machines will be out in force lining up voters, real and phony, to pad their statistics.
Some Republicans, particularly in non-swing states, are inclined to back the proposal simply so that they get their fair share of attention.  They are tired of delegating to Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, et al the power to choose the president.  And they can’t remember when a candidate for that office last favored their state with his presence.

But don’t let our Attention Deficit Disorder lead us to give away the store.  The popular vote is what the Democrats do best.  Fighting them on it is, in Winston Churchill’s words, “like going into the water to fight the shark.”

Republicans need to kill this proposal and they better get busy doing it.  Some small states are backing it because they are tired of all the attention being focused on swing states.  But Republicans must stand firm and not yield to the temptation to back it. 

How can we stop the Democrats from ravaging our political system?  The key battles are coming up in Arkansas and North Carolina.  In both states, one house has passed the Compact.  We need to stand firm in these two red states and block the Compact from taking effect.  Republicans in Minnesota and Wisconsin, both blue states, need to stop ratification in their states.

And, Republicans should focus on stopping the second house from ratification in those states where only one house has acted.

Our democracy depends on it. (1)

But nobody can fix the vote like the Democrats either. Romney won the state of Ohio almost everywhere except one place – CLEVELAND where Obama won 90% of the vote. That 90% cost the Republicans the state of Ohio and all its Electoral College votes. This is what the Democrats hope to do on a national scale. THEY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO STEAL ELECTIONS.

Reject The Proposal To Bypass The Electoral College!

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