10 States Pledge Electoral College Votes to Presidential Candidate Who Wins the Popular Vote

Ten states and the District of Columbia have pledged their electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote, according to a report from NPR.

Right now the voting block has 172 electoral college votes committed, less than 100 votes shy of turning our constitutional republic into a direct democracy. The states include Connecticut, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state, along with Washington, D.C.

As highly educated leaders, our Founding Fathers understood that majority rule can be just as tyrannical as a monarch. They instituted the electoral college to guard against the simple popularity contest that they knew presidential elections could become.

The electoral college also ensures that power is spread across even sparsely populated states rather than centered in areas of high population.

States of a liberal political bent are attempting to destroy the system the Founders created in an attempt to secure the White House for years to come.

An Article V Convention of States is not designed to curtail state power, but it can propose constitutional amendments that allow the states to overturn a Supreme Court decision. If the Supreme Court rules that these states’ actions are constitutional, the rest of the states need a way to fight back.

A Convention of States can propose a constitutional amendment that would, for example, allow a majority of states to nullify a politically-motivated Court decision and maintain the system of checks and balances our Founders envisioned.

Our system has worked for over 240 years. We can’t let a small group of states change it simply because they don’t like the results of the last election.

Image Credit: Flickr  World Economic Forum Al Gore – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2005
DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN05 – Al Gore, Chairman, Generation Investment Management LLP, USA captured during the ‘Closing Plenary’ at the Annual Meeting 2005 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2005; Copyright World Economic Forum(www.weforum.orgwww.swiss-image.ch/Photo by Severin Nowacki
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