Ditch the Electoral College, and Small States Will Suffer

The Daily Signal | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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Tara Ross is a retired lawyer and author of several books, including "The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders' Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule," and "We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College."

“As Maine goes, so goes Vermont.”

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That’s what Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign manager famously joked in 1936 after Roosevelt, a Democrat, won re-election as president in a massive landslide.

It was a catchy line, oft-repeated—but it was also a joke. It referenced Maine’s long-standing reputation at the time for accurately predicting presidential elections based on its own governor’s races, which had given rise to the widely used phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”

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Vermont may have voted the same way as Maine, but no one really thought Vermont would blindly follow Maine’s lead and trust it to do the right thing.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many on the left are proposing should happen. An anti-Electoral College effort working its way through state legislatures would ensure that some states would never be allowed to think for themselves.

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The National Popular Vote interstate compact would require signatory states to award their presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote—regardless of which candidate won within their own borders.

Twelve states plus the District of Columbia (with a combined total of 181 electors) have already agreed to the National Popular Vote compact. That number includes Colorado, which just joined the effort on March 15. Two additional states—New Mexico and Delaware—are gubernatorial signatures away from joining the effort.

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The compact would go into effect when 270 electors—enough to win the presidency—are committed to its terms.

At its heart, the National Popular Vote proposal is as strange as expecting Vermont to concede its votes to Maine. The organization claims that voters across America should be able to dictate who Delaware electors cast their Electoral...
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