Protect the Electoral College: Beware of the National Popular Vote Compact
by Shirley Spellerberg on November 18, 2016 at 9:59 AM
In their wisdom, our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic, not a Democracy, under the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects the minority from an oppressive majority.
My good friend, Janine Hansen, who serves as the National Eagle Forum Constitutional Issues Chairman, has written the following article on the Truth about the National Popular Vote and the Wisdom of the Founders. Janine warns of the National Popular Vote Compact which would destroy the Electoral College:
The Electoral College, established in the wisdom of our founders, ensures that all states, thus all citizens, will have an impact on the Presidential election. The Electoral College ensures that our nation will not just be governed by the large population states like California and New York, nor by states from just one region of the country.
In this election, Trump received 290 Electoral votes and Hillary Clinton 232. CNN is reporting that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with 61,782,016 with Trump receiving 60,834,437 in preliminary results.
A state's electoral votes are based on the same formula used for Congress. Each state receives 2 electoral votes for their U.S. Senators plus one vote for each of their Congressmen. Nevada has 2 U.S. Senators and 4 Congressmen equaling 6 electoral votes. California has 2 U.S. Senators plus 53 Congressmen equaling 55 Electoral votes.
Right now, 11 states have passed a "compact" circumventing the Constitutional provision for the Electoral College. The "National Popular Vote" Compact states that once States with electoral votes equaling 270 enact the Compact, it will become the law without ever passing Congress and without being sent to the states for ratification as required to amend the U.S. Constitution. The National Popular Vote Compact is an end run around the Constitution.
The following have already signed onto the NPV State Compact and they are listed with their number of electoral votes: District of Columbia 3, Hawaii 4, Maryland 10, Massachusetts 11, New Jersey 14, Washington 12, Vermont 3, California 55, Rhode Island 4, and New York 29 equaling 165 electoral votes. (Note: Every one of these states voted for Hillary Clinton in the most recent election.) This means that according to the NPV Compact, only enough states with electoral votes totaling 105 are needed to put the Compact into effect! If only a portion of the additional states not listed above voting for Hillary passed the NPV Compact, it could go into effect.