Unconstitutional: Virginia HB 177 Dumping the Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Compact will soon have a new member, if  Virginia HB 177 becomes law. There are currently 16 states and DC as members, with Virginia soon to follow. The plan is to defeat Trump in November by giving away a state’s electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote. It’s based on the view that Trump lost the popular vote in 2016. (Daily Wire)

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“A group of states possessing 74 electoral votes would need to join the agreement in order for the compact to take effect.” The Hill

The problem is that such an idea is not in the constitution.

Virginia HB 177 passed the House of Delegates 51-46.  It states:

“Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact … A state may withdraw from the compact; however, a withdrawal occurring within six months of the end of a President’s term shall not become effective until a President or Vice President has qualified to serve the next term.”

This bill is another evidence of what happens when Democrats are in control: your constitutional rights are deleted. The electoral college was created – not as popularity contest – but as an equalizing force between high density population centers and rural America. Without it, big cities (mostly run by Democrats, I might add) would completely overpower Americans in smaller areas. We have a vote too, Dems, you just don’t like how we voted.

Article 2 Section 1 of the Constitution:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress …

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States….The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed …

The Supreme Court ruled previously that electoral votes were “plenary” and states could decide what to do with them. That was before the court had more Constitutionalist members. But it was a green light to such dirty tricks by Dems.

Disenfranchising voters is the name of the game in 2020. Democrats will commit any fraud, lie through their teeth, and pass any law that they believe will stop Donald J. Trump from becoming America’s choice again. They violate the “rule of law” with apparent impunity, while bashing the President for doing the same thing.

It’s time for Conservative Constitutional lawyers to step up and stop this travesty.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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