Look Who’s Working Against the Electoral College


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About a month ago, as the South Dakota Legislature considered moving away from the electoral college system our founders gave us and toward a popular presidential vote, I wrote about why that would be a bad idea. Fortunately that bill was tabled in committee, but it sounded as if backers of the measure might bring the matter directly to the ballot box in the next election.

Though I know of now current effort to get this thing going again, tonight I received an email from NationalPopularVote.com as a result of having signed up for updates on the Hillary Clinton campaign at some point. From the verbiage of the email below, it seems they’re still under the impression that the SD Legislature is still considering the bill.

Anyway, I thought this email was worth sharing for its educational value.  In addition to believing for the reasons I wrote about last month that we shouldn’t meddle with the electoral college system, when you consider who DOES want to meddle with it, it becomes all the more clear that it should be left alone.

For example, this email comes from “HillaryClinton.com’s online community.” Anything she’s for, odds are that any patriotic American should and would be against it.  Then there are some of the Lefty groups mentioned in the email like the Sierra Club, the ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice.

You are receiving this message as a member of HillaryClinton.com’s online community. Please take a moment to read this special message from the South Dakota Campaign for a National Popular Vote. The South Dakota Campaign for a National Popular Vote is solely responsible for the content of this message.

The Electoral College needs fixing.

Your action NOW can make the difference because the South Dakota Legislature is currently considering the National Popular Vote bill to reform the Electoral College.

Under the National Popular Vote bill, the presidential candidate who gets the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC will become President.

Please take a moment to e-mail your state legislators and urge them to support the National Popular Vote bill.

Because electoral votes are currently awarded to the candidate who gets the most popular votes inside each separate state, candidates don’t pay attention to issues of concern to voters in states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind. In 2008, candidates concentrated two-thirds of their campaign events and money in just six closely divided “battleground” states. They spent 98% of their time, money, and effort in just 15 states. Our state is a mere spectator in presidential elections. On the other hand, votes in our state would matter if the President were elected by a national popular vote because every vote would be equal.

The states have the constitutional authority to change the method of awarding electoral votes so as to establish a national popular vote for President. The National Popular Vote bill has already been enacted into law by Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington state, and the District of Columbia. The bill has also been approved by at least one legislative house in 15 other states, and it recently passed the New York Senate 52-7. The bill has been endorsed by 2,011 state legislators around the country.

If you believe that a vote cast in our state should count as much as a vote cast anywhere else, and that the candidate who gets the most popular votes should win the White House, please take a moment to e-mail your state legislators and urge them to support the National Popular Vote bill.

The National Popular Vote bill is endorsed by Common Cause, FairVote, the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, NAACP, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, ACLU, the National Latino Congreso, Asian American Action Fund, DEMOS, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

The bill has been endorsed by newspapers such as The New York TimesBoston GlobeChicago Sun-Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, Sacramento Bee, and many more.

As the Sarasota Florida Herald Tribune said: “The most compelling and practical alternative is promoted by a bipartisan group called National Popular Vote. The NPV proposal calls for legislatures to pass bills committing their state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide; the bill would take effect only when enacted by states that together have enough electoral votes to elect a president.”

Learn more at www.NationalPopularVote.com.

Thank you.

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2 Responses to “Look Who’s Working Against the Electoral College”

  1. Do Presidential candidates ever campaign in South Dakota? No, and they have no reason to: South Dakota is not a “battleground state”. The electoral college system ensures that South Dakota will remain irrelevant to the Presidential election. The current system is inherently preferential to swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida. Those voters are calling all the shots while people in South Dakota are being ignored.

    The Founders never intended or imagined for the electoral college system to devolve in it’s current degraded state. Fortunately the Constitution gives the states themselves the ability to fix the situation by deciding how their votes are allocated. The National Popular Vote Compact embraces the powers designated to the States by the Founders to fix our electoral mess. A true popular vote will make South Dakota matter again.

    It is not OK for South Dakota to be ignored. We need to join the National Popular Vote Compact.

  2. Abandoning the time-honored electoral college system will give South Dakota even LESS clout in presidential elections, not more.

    And if there are any doubts, one need only look at who’s FOR this to recognize it isn’t a good idea. Anything Hillary Clinton, the ACLU and the Sierra Club are for has to be bad for America.