“The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
While Americans are focused on the election, the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party, funded by two eccentric businessmen and a George Soros son, are stealthily orchestrating the decimation of the voting process and states rights through the National Popular Vote Compact (NPV).
The NPV is a popular sound bite that will do the opposite of what it is portrayed to do – make each American’s vote count. It does not do that because it keeps the electoral college but misuses it. What it actually does is create a “forced merger” between heavily populated states and less populated states.
Currently moving at a rapid pace, the NPV is a state-by-state initiative that will force states to allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the winner of the popular vote in their state.
NPV will greatly reduce the power of most states in that the highly populated states will be able to gain the electoral votes and, in fact, 11 states could decide the Presidential election.
California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey have 57% of the votes cast in 2008, and together they have 270 electoral votes, the amount necessary to win the election. Do you want these states to decide who is President while other states have no say?
Is this what the Founding Fathers wanted? An election based on demographics and geographics?
Why is the current structure of the electoral college so important? Our Founding Fathers believed that the state by state disbursed system maintained the sovereignty of the states and disallowed Federalism. The containment of “mischief” or voter fraud of the ACORN type is contained within states instead of being spread nationally. The electoral college provides balance and firewalls against voter fraud.
Do you believe all states should be purple and not red or blue? Then you do NOT want the NPV. Supporters of the NPV claim it will favor Republicans in that there are more underutilized Republican votes than Democratic votes, which I doubt since the heavily populated states are predominantly liberal. Whether this is true or not does not matter.
We should not favor one side or the other in the United States of America.
The initiative has been approved by half the states necessary to pass it. The states that have approved it equal 70 electoral votes and only 138 are needed for it to pass. It is well on its way to becoming law.
NPV circumvents the Constitution by allowing individual states to change the Constitution without an amendment. However, the compact clause of the Constitution does not allow any state to “enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State.” Liberal states like California could join with Illinois, New York, and another 8 other liberal states forming a super bloc that would give all their electoral votes to the winner, forming the bloc that could take the election.
Article V specifically states that the Constitution must be amended, “no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.” The NPV as structured will immediately take effect without an amendment and it will probably be in time for the 2012 election.
NPV has bipartisan support and the opposition should be bipartisan as well. It is not a partisan issue, it is about states rights and the power of each individual guaranteed by the electoral college.
NPV will have many unwanted side effects. The states that decide the election will probably be the states that receive the federal dollars because their votes count. They will likely be the only states that candidates will visit.
Another problematic side effect reared its ugly head in my own Congressional district on Long Island. Our congressman, Tim Bishop, received most of his funding from New York City and other areas outside Long Island, including as far away as California. NPV will encourage the influx of money from outside the key 11 states. It will be lobbying on steroids.
Then there is the nationalization of voter fraud. Some states require proof of citizenship, photo ID’s, no ID’s, but NPV will eliminate that choice and the containment of fraud that states provide.
I personally experienced absentee voter fraud. For example, one woman voted from Canada and used the address of a local middle school. The courts in NY let these votes stand. Even the dead people we found were counted because you only have a few days to prove they are dead, and courts want a death certificate, which is hard to get on hundreds of people in a matter of days. So, in NY, dead people vote. I happen to know of a number of illegal aliens who voted as well.
In Kansas, the Democratic primary of Rizzo vs Royster shows the seriousness of voter fraud. A group in support of Rizzo brought in 50 Somali nationals to vote. Rizzo won by one vote.
ACORN often mobilizes aliens to vote.
In Mississippi, 23 counties had more people registered to vote than were alive.
Examples are endless though some would have us believe fraud is not a widespread problem.
There is the costly and lengthy litigation which will ensue if NPV passes. Examples are -
What happens constitutionally, if a state in the NPV doesn’t like the candidate they are forced to give their electoral votes to and pulls out of the compact though they are not free to do so?
NPV does not meet equal protection under the 14th amendment for the states who do not sign on to the NPV.
The compact clause, Article I, suggests it needs congressional approval.
Article II delegates power to the states which the NPV overrides.
Administratively, a non-qualified person, not even on the ballot, could win; it will force states with solid voting requirements to go with those who allow rampant fraud if they have higher population density; the individuality of states that includes early voter registration, felons voting, voting by mail, et cetera, will dissolve into the requirements of the heavily populated states. Close elections will cause inevitable and lengthy delays.
There is even a question of whether some states will be able to vote under the compact.
Litigation will take a long time and could end up leaving the incumbent President in place for months or years.
NPV will -
- Federalize the vote
- Destroy state sovereignty in the Presidential election
- Circumvent the Constitution
- Disenfranchise voters by giving 11 states the power to decide the election.
- It will ignite endless litigation
- Reduce voting to the lowest common denominator
- Give a handful of states supremacy
NPV is a “one size fits all” and it forces many states to abandon the voting procedures and policies that make them unique. It focuses on the end results and sacrifices process. Click here for charts.
The Truth Behind the National Popular Vote Compact which I summarized above includes a half hour question and answer session at the end. Click here is the video becomes unavailable. You can download and listen to it on this link (it’s on the right sidebar of the page).
Speakers on this video:
Featuring a Keynote Address by
The Honorable Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Republican Leader, U.S. Senate
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
The Honorable Beth Chapman
Secretary of State, State of Alabama
The Honorable Tre Hargett
Secretary of State, State of Tennessee
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann
Secretary of State, State of Mississippi
The Honorable Kris Kobach
Secretary of State, State of Kansas
The Honorable Matt Schultz
Secretary of State, State of Iowa
The Honorable Scott Gessler
Secretary of State, State of Colorado