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While only eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted NPV legislation, the effort plays on misunderstandings about the Electoral College and reinforces misconceptions about federalism. If passed by states worth a majority of electoral votes (270), NPV claims to create an interstate compact that would manipulate the Electoral College system to create a direct national election for President. This would eliminate the checks and balances created by the Electoral College and further unravel our system of states.
Who’s behind NPV?
‘National Popular Vote’ was thought up by Dr. John Koza, inventor of the scratch-off lottery ticket. In fact, Koza’s first venture into politics was lobbyoing state legislatures to create lotteries–using his patented ticket and paying him royalties. Koza has reinvested some of that fortune in creating the NPV organization and hiring expensive lobbyists to convince legislators to accept this new gamble.
How we elect our president effects every other part of our American political system.
The Electoral College forces candidates to run national campaigns and build broad, diverse coalitions. The NPV/Koza scheme would give more power to fringe candidates, regional political movements, and corrupt big city political machines.
The authors of the United States Constitution understood that the structure of government is more important to human liberty than even a bill of rights. Indeed, while our Bill of Rights was added later, the systems of checks and balances and federalism were built into the original Constitution. One of these structures is the Electoral College, the process by which we elect the President of the United States.
The Electoral College forces candidates to build national coalitions. It prevents candidates from winning based on intense support in just one region of our large and diverse nation. The Electoral College is just a system, but the incentives it creates have moderating, unifying, and stabilizing effects that help the United States to remain a free and prosperous nation.
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