by Rob Roper
Both the senate and house Government Operations Committees are taking up legislation this week to have Vermont join a compact of states committed to effectively eliminating the Electoral College. Our legislature has passed the “National Popular Vote” before only to have it vetoed by Governor Jim Douglas. It will not likely meet such a fate on the desk of Governor Peter Shumlin. (Shumlin was a co-sponsor of the vetoed S.34 in 2009.)
The ostensible reason for this change is honoring the bipartisan principle of “one person, one vote.” However, it’s no coincidence that of the six states currently in the pact (Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia), all are dominated by heavy Democratic majorities, or were when they joined. Rhetoric aside, this is a highly partisan political power grab with massive potential, if not outright intention, for increased voter fraud.
What the pact does is effectively change the way elect a president without the need for a constitutional amendment. Article II,
Section 1 of the Constitution lets the state legislatures to decide how to appoint their electors. So, each state in the pact agrees legislatively to appoint their electors based on who wins the national popular vote. When enough states join to reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes, they will have the power to elect the president regardless of how their own constituents voted.
So, what’s the big deal? If you look at the three maps pictured, you will see the population density of the United States, the Electoral College map, and a map compiled by Rotten Acorn of the states where ACORN has been conducting illegal activity.
Democratic voters are concentrated in highly populated urban centers. The same places, for the most part, where ACORN is most active. There are millions of people concentrated in these areas who don’t vote, and while it is a noble and worthy goal to help eligible voters get to the polls and cast their ballots, it’s another thing to take their ballots under false pretenses, or get a ballot for an ineligible voter, and cast a vote in someone else’s name.
It must be an endless source of frustration for a group like ACORN and their allies in the Democratic party to know that there are
millions of votes to be manufactured in places like Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia, but under the electoral college system, if you steal one million or ten million votes, after 51 percent you only score the same number of electoral points.
Under the current system, a group like ACORN has to spread its resources across numerous states to increase its impact on the outcome of an election. But, under the National Popular vote scheme, they would be able to concentrate their activites in a few major metropolitan centers and really bring some efficiencies to getting Mickey Mouse, Dick Tracy and Spiderman to vote “D.”
It is important to note that the National Popular Vote initiative is not a lone piece of legislation. It is always accompanied by similar component pieces like Instant Runoff Voting, Same Day Voter Registration, early voting and increased absentee voting efforts passed in the name of “convenience.” Anything that makes it easier to get someone else’s ballot and fill it out for them without that person or the authorities aware or able to find out exactly what happened.