In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, some Al Gore supporters determined to do away with the Electoral College. They called their plan, and the organization they created to push it, National Popular Vote.
SOS Director Trent England writes in USA Today that the National Popular Vote interstate compact, if it takes effect, would mean “rural and small town Americans who supply our food and energy will lose their voice.”
The Clinton campaign’s inability to excite voters outside the biggest cities is not a reason to change the Constitution, or to otherwise manipulate election rules.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called the Electoral College “a shadow of slavery’s power” and says it “undermines our nation as a democratic republic.”
She deserves credit for noting that our country is a republic, but she’s wrong about history.
The Constitution is full of checks and balances, and the Electoral College was created to put some balance in presidential elections. A recent editorial points out how much this matters for smaller states in “flyover country.”