Conservatives must defend the Electoral College and stop the National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV)

Conservative Action Project — Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020
Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 2/12/20

The defining features of the U.S. Constitution are checks on power—including the power of majorities. These include every provision of the Bill of Rights, other limits on federal power, and the separation of those powers among different branches of government. Another fundamental constitutional structure that checks majority power is the Electoral College.

The two-step, state-by-state election process used to select every President since George Washington sets a higher bar than a simple direct election. It forces national parties and campaigns to build broad coalitions, to consider the interests of many different groups of Americans, and to recognize the importance of states. It contains election administration and disputes within individual states. With the Electoral College, states can control their own elections and there is never a need for a nationwide recount.

Any effort to create a direct election would undermine these checks and balances. It would shift political power toward big cities and allow vote fraud in one part of the country to infect the entire election. All of these disastrous consequences would result either from abolishing the Electoral College outright or from hijacking it with the National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV).

NPV is state legislation that changes how states select Presidential Electors. These states would ignore their own voters and select Electors based on the nationwide vote. In other words, NPV would hijack the Electoral College and force it to rubber stamp the popular vote result. This would create a de facto direct election.

Three liberal law professors developed the idea for NPV after Al Gore lost in 2000. Leftist megadonor John Koza, with support from Jonathan Soros (son of George Soros), launched the National Popular Vote organization in 2006. Koza continues to direct and fund the NPV campaign. He has bragged to the New York Times that NPV is an “end run” around the Constitution.

NPV only takes effect if joined by enough states that they control a majority of electoral votes—270 or more. So far, 15 states plus DC have passed NPV bills. These states control 196 electoral votes, which puts NPV 73% of the way to hijacking the Electoral College. NPV legislation is currently pending in Florida, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, and other states.

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. It rewarded the outreach and coalition building of the Trump campaign rather than the Clinton campaign’s preference to rile up its base in California while labeling broad swaths of Americans a “basket of deplorables.”

The Left’s most dangerous attack on the Electoral College is the National Popular Vote interstate compact. Conservatives must stop NPV in the states and educate Americans about the importance of structures like the Electoral College for the maintenance of liberty and good governance.


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