Electoral College

Conservatives Must Stop the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV)

Conservatives must defend the Electoral College as a bulwark of constitutional federalism and republican governance. “Checks and balances” have not gone out of date. Neither have limits on majority power. The Electoral College worked exactly as designed in both 2000 and 2016 to prevent a collection of major urban areas from controlling the presidency.

Hands Off the Electoral College

Elad Vaida, The American Spectator

The latest fad on the left is the push to eliminate the Electoral College. We can’t take our stability for granted. The Electoral College, which safeguards our federalist system, plays a significant part in the United States’ durability. We are one nation, yes, but one nation in which the voices of all states are heard. Trying to rule a continent-sized country in a unitary system would lead to disaster or dictatorship. We shouldn’t risk our republic because some sore losers want to overhaul the entire political system every time they don’t get their way, like spiteful children who have lost a game of tag.

The National Popular Vote Con Job

David Catron, The American Spectator

No Democrat-controlled state would dream of going to a fully proportional system. It is why they have concocted the unconstitutional and undemocratic National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. They aren’t interested in genuine electoral reform and the claim that NPVIC is a “conservative compromise” doesn’t pass the laugh test. They want to shift more power to heavily populated, Democrat-dominated regions and keep the electoral advantage they already possess in large states like California, New York, and Illinois. NPVIC is, in other words, just another Democratic scam to rig a game they can’t win honestly.

Electoral College Helps Small States, Not Red States

Hans von Spakovsky, CNS News

Under the National Popular Vote compact, the voices of states with smaller populations would be quickly drowned out by states with larger populations (like California and New York). This would create what Alexis de Tocqueville warned against when he spoke of the potential for democracy to lead to a “tyranny of the majority.” It was for this reason that the Founding Fathers did not establish a pure democracy. The National Popular Vote compact is unfair and is, in fact, antithetical to representative democracy. For a small state like Maine or Nevada to pass this compact is self-destructive—and it also potentially thwarts the votes of residents of larger states as well.

A Bad Idea For Ohio And A Terrible Idea For America

No Republican has ever been elected President without Ohio, and Ohio has furnished eight Presidents with Ohio roots – all Republicans. So why the Buckeye State’s Republican-controlled legislature and Governor would want to dilute their state’s Electoral College votes via the Democrat proposal to bypass the Electoral College is a complete mystery to us.

The college that deserves all the respect it can get

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The genius of the Electoral College is that it guarantees that the states’ electors elect the president, as instructed by the people. This further guarantees that small states get a voice in the selection of presidents, that the likes of Montana and Delaware and Oklahoma get a campaign visit from the candidates. What the Electoral College has going for it is that it works, and that likely makes it safe for the future.

The Electoral College and Slavery: A Reality Check

David Catron, The American Spectator

The notion that the Electoral College was designed to perpetuate slavery is nonsense. Most Democrats who make this claim know little about American history and less about the institution they wish to abolish. The obvious reason they dislike the Electoral College is that they can’t win playing by the rules. This is why the Framers designed it as they did — to preclude the tyranny of the majority. During the past 230 years, the number of states has increased and population centers have shifted, but demagogues haven’t changed much.

In Defense of the Electoral College

The Editors, National Review

The Constitution hosts an outline for national action, and a blueprint for localism; and serves as a vehicle for the majority, while including guarantees that the most significant decisions must be broadly agreed upon. The Electoral College is one of the many finely tuned institutions within the charter that have ensured stability and continuity in America for more than two centuries. To destroy it in a hail of platitudes, civic ignorance, and old-fashioned political pique would be a disastrous mistake.

Far Left Anti-Electoral College Plan Building Momentum

Democrats have long opposed the Electoral College because with overwhelming margins of victory in high-population states like California they could dominate future presidential elections based on the popular vote, so they have concocted a plan to try to bypass the constitutional amendment process.

The Electoral College Debate

Walter E. Williams, CNS News

The Founders saw our nation as being composed of sovereign states that voluntarily sought to join a union under the condition that each state admitted would be coequal with every other state. The Electoral College method of choosing the president and vice president guarantees that each state, whether large or small in area or population, has some voice in selecting the nation's leaders. Were we to choose the president and vice president under a popular vote, the outcome of presidential races would always be decided by a few highly populated states.

How Catholics Swung the Electoral College to Donald Trump

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Trump won by “a victory of increments” in key states that relied upon adding new voters; disaffected traditional Democrats and increments of other demographics, such as African-Americans and Hispanics, and especially Catholics, to build a new Republican-voting coalition.

How Catholics Swung the Electoral College to Donald Trump: Part 3 of 3

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The results of our campaign to turn the Catholic vote away from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump speak for themselves. In the top four battleground states Trump won Wisconsin (where 31 percent identify as Catholic) by 22,177 votes. In Pennsylvania (where 27.4 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 67,416 votes. In Florida (where 26 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 134,000 votes and in Michigan (where 23 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 10,704 votes.

How Catholics Swung the Electoral College to Donald Trump: Part 1 of 3

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Trump won by “a victory of increments” in key states that relied upon adding new voters; disaffected traditional Democrats and increments of other demographics, such as African-Americans and Hispanics, and especially Catholics, to build a new Republican-voting coalition.

Bill O’Reilly Was Right

To the Soros-funded Far-Left “white” does not mean a person of the Caucasian race. “White” in radical construction means anyone of any race, creed, nationality, color, sex, or sexual preference who embraces the beliefs, such as capitalism and American exceptionalism, which to the radical Left are irredeemably evil and anyone who aligns with them is “white” in spirit and thus guilty of “white crimes.”

Elector Roulette: ‘Faithless’ Fakeout!

John C. Wohlstetter, The American Spectator

Seven faithless electors this year tops the 1808 record for the most such votes in a presidential election. The last election in which a faithless elector voted for someone from another party was 1972, when a GOP elector declined to vote for Richard Nixon. Courtesy of her campaign manager John Podesta’s open assault on the Electoral College, and wayward polling, Hillary now is truly “living history.”

Putting Campaign ‘16 to bed at last

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Donald Trump thanked everyone at the end of the day for his “landslide.” It was hardly that, but it was enough. Settling for the presidency short of a landslide is not a bad year’s work. And now the campaign of ‘16 is history, though there’s no guarantee that further schemes by the soreheads are not afoot.

Trump opponents set their sights on the Electoral College

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

The reality of American politics as of Monday is that the candidate with a majority of electoral votes will be the 45th president of the United States. It's a reality that won't make protesters parked outside statehouses very happy.

Trump undone by faithless electors? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Salena Zito, Washington Examiner

State legislatures have almost total power over how electors are chosen, so if a massive wave of electors decided to break from their pledge, the state legislature could effectively choose their own slate. Since most of the state legislatures in this country are majority Republican, that serves as a pretty good barrier against defecting electors.

DOJ Declines To Comment On Why Agency Won’t Investigate Threats To Electors

Kerry Pickett, Daily Caller

The votes Americans cast for president and vice president three weeks ago cannot go into effect if electors, chosen by the voters, are intimidated or threatened from casting their votes in the Electoral College on Dec. 19.