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.”
Delaware and Colorado have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, with New Mexico likely to follow soon. It's about being part of The Resistance. Hopefully legislators considering NPV in other states will remember that what matters most is having rules that actually work and that voters can rely on. NPV is not such a set of rules.
Larry Arnn in The Wall Street Journal: "We can think about this better if we understand two things: What does the Electoral College do, and why does it do it?"
Who wins in one or two elections is a shortsighted way to think about political institutions. Instead, we should think about the incentives an institution creates and whether it tends toward stability rather than chaos.
National Popular Vote would turn presidential elections into a majority-rule affair. Would this be good or bad? Electoral College expert Tara Ross explains.
Do you understand what the Electoral College is and how it works? Author and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.