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Complaints about Electoral College apply to Congress

Complaints about Electoral College apply to Congress

Whether from National Popular Vote advocates or others, there are plenty of complaints about the Electoral College. Yet three of the most common are also the easiest to answer, at least in part, because each applies even more to Congress. Whether these or other complaints are valid at all is yet another question.
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National Popular Vote versus Oregon voters

National Popular Vote versus Oregon voters

To hear supporters of National Popular Vote tell it, most Americans probably have no idea who the presidential candidates were in the last election. They may not have even known there was an election going on. And most of the votes cast weren’t even counted. Of course, none of these things are true. That didn’t...
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Watch the most recent Heritage event on NPV

Watch the most recent Heritage event on NPV

Tweet Twice recently, The Heritage Foundation hosted events to discuss the National Popular Vote proposal–a plan that would eliminate the effects of the Electoral College while side-stepping the difficult process of constitutional amendment. I was honored to participate in the first panel, and even more honored that it was hosted by Edwin Meese III,...
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NPV claims fall flat

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Tweet In the last two days, I’ve debated four National Popular Vote advocates in two cities and spoken about the issue as part of a panel presentation on federalism. Here are a few things I noted from the debates. NPV advocates–in this case, Tom Golisano–continue to make the claim that the election outcomes in...
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John Koza’s Big Myth: “Every Voter Equal”

John Koza’s Big Myth: “Every Voter Equal”

Tweet The National Popular Vote interstate compact would wipe away state lines and turn the entire nation into one giant “single-member district” for presidential elections. This, according to computer scientist and NPV inventor John Koza, will make “every voter equal.” That is the title of Koza’s self-published book and the lead slogan employed in...
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NPV in Oregon

NPV in Oregon

Tweet Deep thinking and deliberation are getting in the way of the National Popular Vote campaign in Oregon (HB 3517). This is my conclusion after stopping briefly in Salem yesterday and talking with a few legislators and several legislative staff. It was all true to a pattern that I’ve seen in my cross-country travels....
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Myths of National Popular Vote

Myths of National Popular Vote

Tweet Traveling around the country defending federalism and the Electoral College, I have heard an amazing array of different–sometimes contradictory–claims made by National Popular Vote (NPV) advocates. Some of this is reasonable, since different NPV backers have different complaints about the current system and very different explanations of how NPV would work. Other contradictions...
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NPV in the last frontier

NPV in the last frontier

Tweet Last week I visited Juneau to talk with state legislators about National Popular Vote. NPV’s anti-Electoral College legislation (SB 39) has moved through two of their Senate committees in as many months. Because NPV says different things to different people, it’s always fascinating to pick up the echoes of their latest sales pitch. This...
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NPV lobbies hard in South Dakota

NPV lobbies hard in South Dakota

Tweet While the November election was a setback for National Popular Vote, the San Fransisco-based lobbying organization out to manipulate the Electoral College in a way that would eliminate its benefits, they are still at it. This time, the group has hired lobbyists in South Dakota to push Senate Bill 138. The measure would...
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Breaking Down the Myths About Swing States

Breaking Down the Myths About Swing States

Tweet According to National Popular Vote, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing. Voters outside of “swing states,” NPV’s materials claim, are “spectators to the presidential election” and are “effectively disenfranchised.” A closer look reveals that NPV’s claims come from a superficial understanding of political campaigns that does not survive...
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What is “National Popular Vote”?

What is “National Popular Vote”?

Tweet The Electoral College was one of the least controversial provisions of the original Constitution. The state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States gives each state a number of Electoral Votes equal to the sum of their U.S. Representatives and Senators (and Washington, D.C., gets three). Nearly all states award all...
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Cato Institute Debate

Cato Institute Debate

Tweet Next week, the Cato Institute will host two leading legal scholars in a debate about the merits of the Electoral College. Tara Ross, author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College (it’s in our bookstore), will face off against Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, who is also a professor of constitutional...
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Why Save our States?

The genius of the United States of America: we are both United and States. The American system of states is Federalism. One part of it is the Electoral College, the state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States.

Some 'reformers' want to unravel our system of states. The Freedom Foundation’s Save Our States Project is dedicated to preserving these structures for the sake of liberty. Find out more and join us.