Ever since Trump’s 2016 victory, there has been an effort brewing on the left to abolish the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote.
The people who are pushing this don’t care about the fact that this would disenfranchise millions of American voters, particularly in the midwest, they just want to win.
Nevada is on the verge of passing a resolution on this.
The Reno Gazette Journal reports:
Nevada is now one signature away from joining push to elect the president by popular vote
Nevada is now on the cusp of joining the nationwide push to elect the president purely by popular vote.
The state Senate on Tuesday passed Assembly Bill 186, which would see the Silver State join a compact with 15 others that have agreed to award their presidential votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
The divisive bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak, who did not immediately return requests for comment on the measure.
If adopted by enough states, the national popular vote compact would effectively neuter the electoral college, a constitutional creation that awards states one presidential vote for each of its congressional delegates.
Maine has passed a bill on this.
The Hill reported:
Maine Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote
The Maine Senate has passed a bill that would award the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election.
The Bangor Daily News reports that the state chamber approved the bill in a 19-16 vote on Tuesday.
If passed by the state House and signed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D), the state would become the latest to join the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which is an agreement among a number of states to give their Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote.
A recent op-ed gets right to the heart of this issue.
From USA Today:
Rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished the Electoral College
Should rural and small-town Americans be reduced to serfdom? The American Founders didn’t think so. This is one reason why they created checks and balances, including the Electoral College. Today that system is threatened by a proposal called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, or NPV.
Rural America produces almost all our country’s food, as well as raw materials like metals, cotton and timber. Energy, fossil fuels but also alternatives like wind and solar come mostly from rural areas. In other words, the material inputs of modern life flow out of rural communities and into cities.
This is fine, so long as the exchange is voluntary — rural people choose to sell their goods and services, receive a fair price, and have their freedom protected under law. But history shows that city dwellers have a nasty habit of taking advantage of their country cousins. Greeks enslaved whole masses of rural people, known as helots. Medieval Europe had feudalism. The Russians had their serfs.
Democrats want California and New York to decide every election.
That’s what this is really all about.