Skip to comments.New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college
Posted on 04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote.
"With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections," said Cuomo. "By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation's voters, we are ensuring the equality of the votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states."
Under the winner-take-all system, candidates for president have taken to ignoring states that are reliably Republican or Democratic, like New York, while focusing their attention and resources on a smaller group of battleground or swing states.
While New York has more than 13 million voters, ranking fourth in the nation, it is last when it comes to presidential spending.
New York joins the District of Columbia and nine states in signing on to the compact -- including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
The legislation utilizes New York state's right under the U.S. Constitution to award its 29 electoral votes in any manner it deems appropriate, in this case to the winner of the national popular vote.
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I am beginning to understand why these liberal states want to cede their electoral sovereignty to the popular vote....
Republicans have LOST 5 of the 6 elections via the popular vote.
Bush lost in 2000 but won in 2004. But that was it.
I would think this is unconstitutional, but that depends on which flavor judge hears the case.
What will he say when his state votes for the popular vote loser?
New York’s vote didn’t count? We gotta go with Texas?
The Rats are in unknown territory with this one.
The Constitution leaves it entirely up to each state legislature how to select its electors.
OTOH, “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress ... enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State”
Who needs to vote, anyway? Comrades? The central committee knows what is best. Freedom is slavery, slavery is freedom.
no taxation without representation
Actually, kind of funny! When a Republican wins the popular vote, Cuomo will rescind the law.
RE: I would think this is unconstitutional, but that depends on which flavor judge hears the case.
Well, somebody has to file suit. Who has the standing to do it?
If the democrats are for it...it must be bad.
Bad, bad, bad idea. Are we to trust Cuomo over Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, et al?
The Republic is almost totally dismantled. Only Article V. can begin to save it.
As the article points out, New York isn’t ceding its electoral power of Presidential elections, it’s retaking it.
National Popular Vote isn’t a Republican or Democratic movement, it’s a movement of heavily partisan states against “swing states.” The current system disempowers Mississippi and Utah as much as it disempowers California and New York.
You better believe when the day comes that the Republican nominee receives the plurality of popular votes, the New York and other Democrat legislatures will meet in emergency session shortly after Election Day and change the law to their favor.
Fortunately, these are all in long-conquered territory, so it'll be a wash. When "red" states start going this way is when it's time to be concerned.
An escape clause was written right into the bill they pushed here in Michigan. They could withdraw from the agreement for any reason (If it looked like a GOP win) 6 months before an election.
Sadly there are republicans who pimp this crap like Fred Thompson.
Mob rule, just what the founders wanted to avoid. Benjamin Franklin said we would have “A Republic if you can keep it.”
What would he say if he knew we would only keep it for a little over 200 years?
Algore is still eligible...
Once the Census-derived electoral college apportionment is replaced by popular vote counts, the states will gin up their numbers by reducing the voting age to 12 and granting the franchise to non-citizens. Election night will be an auction-like frenzy as state election boards discover hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted.
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