Skip to comments.California Votes To Bypass Electoral College
Posted on 08/09/2011 4:02:37 PM PDT by Lmo56
Golden State legislature says it will give its states electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.
Providing a significant boost to an effort to end-around the Electoral College, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday that would award the Golden States 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate garnering the most votes nationwide.
California, which has more electoral votes than any other state in the nation, is the eighth state to join the National Popular Vote compact, an effort to end the Electoral College's role in picking presidents.
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Check out Bush v. Gore and comments relating to 14th Amendment protection of votes ...
I think California is going to regret this in 2012...
Whoah there Nellie!.... they cannot do that!
hehehe...hope it backfires on the dems. It would be GREAT to see California vote for Obama, but then hand the votes to a Bachman, or Palin, or Perry.
It is mob rule—we are not a Democracy for a reason. There are no minority rights in rule of the majority. It is the same as a lynching party.
Marxists want mob rule—”Feelings” trump intellect with these mental midgets.
What does the constitution have anything to do with California?
There was a time when California was a newbie and the electoral college gave them their voice. The lessons of history.
I don’t see any problem. When Rick Perry wins the presidential election, my state will give him all 55 electoral votes, even though the state went for Obozo. Sounds good to me. CA’s never going to vote for a Republican anyway, so what the heck...
Ummmm.... pardon me for the stupid question, but what is the difference between this and voting “Present”????
The whole push is to give Big States the numbers to be the ones who set the Agenda.....that’s how it is going to be. Illegals vote with impunity now, but, with an Executive Order prior to the 2012 Election, we will have 30 million “new” Citizens voting Democrat.
Nah, if an R wins it, they’ll have an emergency meeting and recind the “law”. That’s how they do things.
“California blows off US Constitution” is how this should read.
How can they do this?
Thanks CA! We will be taking those electoral votes off your hands soon ...lol
Yeah, that's how they roll. Remember the thing about the Massachusetts Gov appointing their Senator?
The Electoral College prevents voter fraud, and empowers governments at the most local level. Recall 2000, where the Palm Beach County canvassing board became the most powerful political entity in the country.
The Congressional District Method would make great sense for a state as large as California. It would result in Presidential candidates actually spending time and money in California, rather than just raising money in California.
7 states [including mine - MD] have done this. They are banking on the states' plenary right to select the method of choosing their electors as per the Constitution.
BUT, SCOTUS has ruled that [once a stae has granted it's citizens the right to vote for it's electors], 14th Amendment Equal Protection applies. That is, the state CANNOT value the vote of one voter over another.
What the NPV essentially does is this - the state grants the right of it's citizens to vote for it's electors and the winner of the majority vote will be awarded the electors. EXCEPT that [if the NPV in the OTHER 49 states plus the MINORITY within this state goes the other way] the state will strip the winner of the majority vote within the state of the electors and award them to the winner of the NPV.
Certainly SOUNDS like the state is valuing one voter's vote over another ...
If liberal states want votes based on population proportions, why do we need a Senate for??!!!! CA should give up their Senators and just rely on Congress reps to represent them in Wash DC.
How is this unconstitutional? I though a State can decide how it appoints its electors. Whether it determines it based on its citizens’ votes, the nation’s citizens’ votes, a coin flip or the alignment of the planets (it is California) is for it to decide. Since it seems to be the lib states mainly doing this, let ‘em.