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A fair election system is critical to giving our Grandchildren a better world.
I’ve just read about an effort called the National Popular Vote in the Forbes Richest People in America issue, 10/10/2011. Supporters claim that this effort will give each of us an equal vote for President; I see it as giving away our vote to other states. States which pass this law will assign all of their electoral votes to the presidential candidate receiving the most votes Nationally, not the most votes in the state. In other words rural America gives away its votes (and sovereignty) to the high population centers. This is a back door method of getting around amending the constitution to eliminate the Electoral College which would take 3/4 of the states to pass. It only takes states with 270 electors to approve this method, and we have a de facto popular vote election for President. Our Founding Fathers created Congress with Senators (based on geography, every state gets 2) and Representatives (based on population) as a compromise (fair deal) between heavily populated and sparsely populated states. Election of the President via the Electoral College was intentionally set up to mimic this good compromise for the same reason. Now the big population centers have invented/discovered a way to eliminate this compromise for Presidential elections. Little wonder that the new National Spokesperson (Chair) and major financier is Billionaire Tom Golisano. The rich would only have to buy ads in, and cater to the whims of the major population centers. They wouldn’t have to worry about the needs and desires of rural America.
Please join me in keeping this bad idea out of your state.