June 3, 2019

NPVIC - stupid idea gets a setback

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) took a hit last week.  The idea is that if enough states that possessed 270 electoral votes combined signed on to the NPVIC they would all agree to cast their electoral college votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote rather than whoever won the popular vote within their own state.

The idea is just plain stupid.  The idea behind the formation of the United States was that they were an alliance of states with similar interests, aligned for common defense etc.  States' rights and ability to individually determine what is best for their own interests is paramount.  To subvert the will of the people of New Mexico to the will of the people in Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois and California is potential counter to the self interest of the state.  What if those states (with a very significant percentage of the electoral college at 171 votes combined) and a few key others all supported a presidential candidate who backed the idea of using New Mexico as the national toxic waste dump? And what if that candidate won, despite citizens of New Mexico voters voting 97%-3% against the candidate? The state would still transfer their electoral college votes to that candidate.

You see the problem.

Good news though.  After the Nevada state senate signed onto the compact, the governor wisely vetoed the bill.  Tim Pool argues that this is self defeating for the Democrats.  The bigger problem, the real problem is that it is counter to the intention of the Constitution.

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