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TRASH THE 'COMPACT'

August 28, 2006

California and Colorado recently passed legislation to award the state Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationally, changing the voting system that has prevailed in America for more than 200 years, says Pete du Pont, chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

The mandates -- which would go into effect when enough states have signed on to create an "interstate compact," whereby they would account for the majority of the electoral votes -- would be a political, electoral and constitutional mistake leading to several problems, says du Pont, including:

  • Geographically narrower campaigns, where election efforts would be largely urban.
  • The creation of significant election-fraud concerns, mainly in urban areas where additional votes have been historically easy to find.
  • The formation of a multicandidate, multiparty system instead of the two-party system we have; many candidates would run on narrow issues, and there would be political power-seekers looking to advance their careers through a presidential campaign.
  • Weaker presidents, where the highest percentage winner, no matter how small, would become president.

The Electoral College was put in the Constitution to allow states to choose presidents, and was intended --just like the Senate-- to protect the residents of small states, says du Pont. Choosing presidents is one of our states' powers, and we should not remove it to begin a centralized national American government.

Source: Pete du Pont, "Trash the 'Compact,'" OpinionJournal.com, August 28, 2006

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http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pdupont/?id=110008855

 

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