National Popular Vote Gets a Failing Grade
There are two bills in the Arizona Legislature to change how the president is elected in Arizona. The people promoting this are known as the National Popular Vote (NPV) coalition. Their claims that Arizona’s votes for president don’t matter are misleading to say the least.
Arizona voters are as equally important as voters in any other state and are counted the same under the Electoral College (EC). The EC is designed to level the playing field among differing states. NPV hints at the real problem which is the “winner-take-all” system, where EC delegate votes for the losing candidates are changed to represent the majority.
Arizona voters only express their preference in the general election for U.S. president. These vote preferences are presented to the EC delegates representing us. It doesn’t matter how we ‘feel’ about candidates’ campaigns. Arizona’s 11 electoral votes count toward EC totals. NPV fears either a third candidate dividing the votes or a candidate having the majority of the nation’s votes losing to a candidate winning the EC votes as did Sen. Al Gore in 2000. NPV is an attempt to capture all votes toward one candidate (think SuperDelegate votes giving a majority), and surprise us in the November 2016 election.
EC delegates must be left to vote their conscience just as we all should, and as our nation’s founders intended. Simply put, there were no political parties then as we have today; everyone voted for president and the candidate with the majority won.
With an effective, massive, media campaign, ‘low-information’ voters can easily be swayed to join a claimed majority. Many in opposition to NPV foresee increased problems with voter fraud as the temptation to cheat to create a majority is too powerful to resist. Increasingly, plans can and are being made to ‘game the system’ with the record showing that election integrity is not uniformly enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. NPV creates one national precinct that could result in thousands of disputes requiring expensively settled litigation in the courts. Florida’s disputes went to the U.S. Supreme Court; the lower courts could be swamped.
The Communist Party U.S.A. endorsed National Popular Vote back in 1957… with “election of the president by a direct popular vote” in its Political Resolution Adopted by the 16th National Convention of the Communist Party 2/9-12/1957 pp. 22-23. Lenin said, “Communism must be built with non-communist hands.” And NPV is a prime example.
This is partly why the Republican National Committee, the Arizona State Republican Committee and the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee all oppose NPV. Just what do Arizona legislators not understand?
The main issue being ignored is that once elected, the president and Congress ignore both the U.S. Constitution and most local voters’ intent. Our constitutional republic provides that Congress is where policies become law, not through a candidate elected by a majority. The majority opinion is that government has failed.
“Winner-take-all” needs to change to a more proportional representation so voters who vote in the minority are still represented by the EC delegates representing them; otherwise, they are disenfranchised—something none of us want. And the voters tallied in the minority will continue to be disenfranchised in NPV’s dangerous design.
So NPVs solution is for a good sounding but falsely designed problem. Do you want your vote applied to the other candidate for whom you didn’t vote? The minority of Arizonans and such voters in 47 other states have been disenfranchised with “winner-take-all”.
More faulty premises which NPV claims are that “Spending time and money on you is how candidates show they care.” And that “Swing states receive more federal money.”
Federal largess is already a problem, why want more? We must keep ‘Arizona money in Arizona for Arizonans’. Side-stepping the intent of the Electoral College by using a new scheme for presidential preference elections to attract more federal money encourages state welfare and adds to an already incurable national debt. States must self-fund for valid emergencies, just as we do with homes and business. The 10th Amendment prohibits us from using Uncle Sam as a financier of last resort.
Decidedly, states not joining the NPV Convention will be ignored and their voters disenfranchised. So NPV is not a solution for a misperceived set of problems. Arizona issues will only be resolved in Congress, within the Constitution, not by a preference for a presidential candidate, who can say anything without accountability. What elected officials do is what counts and why NPV gets a failing grade.
Let’s perform due diligence, not just repeat what we’re told.
- Visit NO National Popular Vote at www.NoNationalPopularVote.wordpress.com/ for the rest of the story.
- Pass the online Resolution adjusted for your group at Legislative District Resolution Opposing National Popular Vote
- Download the PDF PowerPoint presentation to show your group or ask us to come and give one soon.
Please tell your legislators to make their votes count by opposing NPV bills HB2456 AND SB1218, and its dangerous cousins Open Primaries, the Top Two Primary and Dark Money ballot initiatives as bad schemes that only make matters worse.
Also, please CONTACT SEN. ANDY BIGGS TODAY at 602-926-4371 and/or EMAIL him at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell him to oppose SB1218.
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