Commentary: National Popular Vote against the wishes of founders

Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill, is back! It will be heard in committee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Caucus Room. The public is encouraged to write their state senators and/or make their opinions known at the committee hearing.

The National Popular Vote compact requires that each member state award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the largest number of popular votes in all 50 states and D.C.

This is a compact among the states to eliminate the Electoral College without officially eliminating it. A group called National Popular Vote Interstate Compact started in 2006 and has commitments from at least 11 states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.

These states control 165 electoral votes, so they need only states representing 105 more electoral votes to join, and the votes of the remaining states won’t matter. [This may be less now.] That sounds like being disenfranchised, something one political party talks about a lot!

It’s easy to get people to join. They say that it’s the American way, or it’s democracy at work. This is why America was never set up as a democracy. Majority rule violates the rights of minorities and the “little guy,” like Delaware.

The Founding Fathers, particularly those from small states, were very concerned that they would be smothered by the larger states. The popular vote was to be used to select individuals trusted by the people to select the president (the Electoral College).

Under the Constitution, even the smallest state was assured at least three votes in the process. Opponents of the Electoral College err in believing the president is supposed to be elected by the people. That was never the plan.

In the event no candidate won a majority of the electoral vote, the names of the top five would go to the House of Representatives, where each state delegation would case one vote for one of the candidates. In this process, each state is equal. [The DeWeese Report]

The abolishment of the Electoral College (even unofficially with this compact), would establish an election tyranny giving control of the government to the massive population centers of the nation’s Northeastern sector and California.

Lorraine O. Gloede is a resident of Dover.

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