Preserve the Electoral College: Urge Your Reps to Reject the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
About the Electoral College
Presidential elections are not one massive nationwide vote. Rather, they are the aggregate of 51 individual democratic elections held on the same day in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the winner being the candidate who garners a majority of all electoral votes.
Our Founding Fathers established our system for electing the President to give a voice to each of the states, and prevent strictly regional interests from dominating the entire country. The Founders wanted to ensure we had protections in place to prevent majorities from tyrannizing the minority.
So they established our electoral system as part of a delicate system of checks and balances. The Electoral College ensures that no President can be elected without broad national appeal (as opposed to just deep regional or metropolitan support).
Eliminating the Electoral College will shift the balance of power to this country’s major metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles and New York City, giving them the power to drown out the voices of less populous places.
About the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
Right now, states are considering whether to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. States that agree to join pledge all of their electoral votes in future elections to the winner of the Nationwide Popular Vote — even if a majority in the state voted for somebody else.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact goes into effect when states comprising a total of at least 270 electors have signed on. To date, 15 states and the District of Columbia have joined, giving supporters of the compact 196 votes toward their goal. We must act now to defeat this unconstitutional compact in the remaining states, before it garners enough support to take effect.
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