Almost 2 months ago, I ran across an article about the National Popular Vote (NPV). I was flabbergasted! I have since found a few more articles on the topic, but I confess frustration in my attempts to learn more! I have written multiple times to my state officials, to Rush, to Hannity, and to GB with not one reply! So, I’m posting what I have found. BTW … it is yet another breach of the Constitution, as I understand it! Former Article HERE Check out the info in the COMMENTS section, too!!!
“The function of the Electoral College has been debated for years, generally every 4 years, in fact! But it DOES have a clear and present purpose. “The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote.’
“Equality is fundamental to representative democracy.[BUT America is a REPUBLIC - There is a difference!] Everyone’s vote should be equal when electing the president. Our current Electoral College system, grounded in state law, leads presidential candidates to concentrate their resources on voters in a handful of swing states, relegating the vast majority of the country to spectator status. FairVote advocates for direct election of the president, and has nurtured and supported the National Popular Vote plan to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued no matter where it is cast.”
ALEC Exposed: Rigging Elections
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.
“Republicans have argued for years that “voter fraud” (rather than unpopular policies) costs the party election victories. A key member of the Corporate Executive Committee for ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force is Sean Parnell, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which began highlighting voter ID efforts in 2006, shortly after Karl Rove encouraged conservatives to take up voter fraud as an issue. Kansas Republican Kris Kobach, who along with ALEC itself helped draft Arizona’s anti-immigration law, has warned of “illegally registered aliens.” ALEC’s magazine, Inside ALEC, featured a cover story titled “Preventing Election Fraud” following Obama’s election. Shortly afterward, in the summer of 2009, the Public Safety and Elections Task Force adopted voter ID model legislation. And when midterm elections put Republicans in charge of both chambers of the legislature in twenty-six states (up from fifteen), GOP legislators began moving bills resembling ALEC’s model.
“ALEC is also determined to ensure that citizens do not have the final say on who is elected president, an agenda outlined in such documents as its Resolution in Support of the Electoral College and its ardent opposition to the National Popular Vote project (which it has warned would “nationalize elections and unravel Federalism”). A related resolution encourages state legislatures to formally complain that an interstate compact to defer to the popular will “would allow a candidate with a plurality—however small—to become President.”” READ MORE
Finally, I found a FRIENDLY article – posted in RedState.com:
National Popular Vote Plan Would Hurt Most States
In support of the National Popular Vote State Compact, some states have already passed laws awarding all their electoral votes to the U.S. presidential candidate who wins a national plurality of the popular vote. This bad idea would be constitutional because Article II, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution gives the respective state legislatures the right to appoint presidential electors. Congressional approval isn’t required. The Compact would take effect if states with a majority of the electoral votes pass it.
Proponents of the NPV plan are now making a push to persuade state legislators to enact it, arguing that polls show Americans favor electing our presidents by popular votes rather than electoral votes determined by each state. What proponents don’t mention is that 31 states would lose power in presidential elections under this plan. Nineteen states would lose more than 20% of their power, and ten states would lose more than 40% of their power.
The accompanying table shows the effect of NPV on each state.
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On July 14, the California State Senate voted 23-15 in favor of the National Popular Vote bill. Last month it passed the California State Assembly by 51-21 margin and now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for approval. With his signature, California will become the eighth state (joined by DC) to enact the National Popular Vote plan. Together these states have nearly half of the electoral votes necessary to activate it and guarantee the White House to the national popular vote winner in the next presidential election — a reform FairVote research demonstrates is urgently needed. Now, think about who controls the larger populations, the cities, and you can see my reason for deadly concern! This is very, very dangerous. It abridges states’ rights AND disregards the Founding Fathers’ reasons for implementation of the Electoral College in the first place.
“On May 12 former Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) was named a co-champion of the National Popular Vote (NPV) campaign to replace the historic, constitutional role of the states and electoral college in presidential elections with a purely democratic national popular vote.
There’s a new wrinkle in the old game of manipulating the outcome of elections: A single organization is behind a massive, well-orchestrated lobbying effort in virtually every state to restructure presidential election procedures. The wealthy California-based National Popular Vote (NPV) group is bent on reforming the way Americans elect their president via the requirements contained in the Constitution by hijacking the Electoral College in a way that perverts its original purpose of allocating electoral votes to states based on their population rather than disregarding the states and basing the winner on the purely democratic national popular vote.”
America was designed
as a Democratic REPUBLIC
Not a Democracy!
This is how it would work:
While NPV and its marketing line may sound good, their movement to have individual states enter into an interstate compact regarding how presidential elections are decided would make a fundamental change in the role of the Electoral College without the necessity of a formal amendment to the Constitution with its requirement of 38 states for ratification. The NPV plan would allow as few as 18 states entered into the compact to effect the changeover for the entire nation, because these 18 states currently have the 270 electoral votes which would constitute a majority in presidential elections. Once this compact has member states with 270 or more electoral votes, then a majority of electoral votes cast in an election would automatically go to the winner of the national popular vote, thus eliminating the role of state vote totals.
Relevant to the discussion is the U.S.Constitution! The Twelfth Amendment covers the process to be used in the election of the President and Vice-President.
I would still like to hear MORE from anyone who knows! The fact that it is very, “hush, hush!” confirms to me the underhanded nature of the purpose. I’m appalled to see Sen Thompson supporting this.
MORE INFO PLEASE