Will Oregon be the next to ditch the Electoral College?

Today, a House committee in Oregon will hear testimony on the so-called National Popular Vote bill.  By way of reminder: NPV is a California-based group that hopes to effectively eliminate the Electoral College without the bother of a constitutional amendment. NPV asks states to change their manner of electoral vote allocation. Participating states would give […]

And they said eliminating the Electoral College wouldn’t fracture us?

I am chuckling this morning at the results of the CPAC straw poll – but not because of who did or did not win.  These results are Exhibit A for the proposition that eliminating the Electoral College will fracture us and severely undermine the two-party system. Americans are a wonderfully diverse people.  Given the opportunity […]

Update on Anti-Electoral College Efforts

The attacks on the Electoral College are continuing!  Most Americans, of course, have no idea that the system is in danger.  News headlines are focused on sequestration, the economy, gun control, and other, similar issues. Meanwhile, your state legislator is deciding whether your state will or will not participate in a plan to abolish America’s […]

Efforts to Ditch the Electoral College: Myths & Facts

Readers of this page know that anti-Electoral College forces have been hard at work in recent days and weeks.  The so-called National Popular Vote effort has seen its legislation filed in several states, including: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. With so many pieces of […]

Rhode Island to Kill Its Voice in Presidential Elections?

Rhode Island’s Senate Committee on Judiciary is considering anti-Electoral College legislation tomorrow.  This so-called National Popular Vote effort has some appealing sound bites, but the reality is that its legislation carries many legal and logistical problems. NPV claims it is making every vote equal.  In the meantime, its legislation will inevitably make everyone more unequal, as I describe in the testimony that I have submitted to the […]