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Why NPV might drive down voter turnout

Posted by Trent England on Feb 04, 2021

In a recent post, Sean Parnell offers something all too rare in political debates: data. He shows that a state’s status as “safe” or “battleground” does not determine voter turnout. Some high turnout…

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Election law ignorance fuels NPV push

Posted by Trent England on Feb 03, 2021

Earlier I wrote in response to NPV’s Utah “organizer” Bunnie Keen claiming that their plan is just a minor “update” to the Electoral College. Of course, the real purpose is to nullify the constitutio…

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2020 Voter Turnout Not Tied to “Battleground State” Status

Posted by Sean Parnell on Jan 27, 2021

One talking point frequently used by advocates of the National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV) is that it would increase voter turnout. The argument is that would-be voters in so-called “safe” …

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Reapportionment and the instability of the NPV compact

Posted by Trent England on Jan 26, 2021

There are multiple drafting flaws within the National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV), which attempts to nullify the Electoral College by giving away states’ electoral votes to create an ad hoc…

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Utah’s Bunnie Keen peddles NPV’s big lie

Posted by Trent England on Jan 21, 2021

“How dare you lie about our position!” As I exited a committee hearing into the middle of the Delaware State Capitol, I was confronted by two elderly women—one of them yelling in my face. They were r…

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What happens on January 6th?

Posted by Trent England on Dec 16, 2020

The Constitution sets up a framework for presidential elections—the state-by-state process now known as the Electoral College—but leaves the details to state legislatures and to Congress. A federal l…

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Electoral College vote highlights this important institution

Posted by Trent England on Dec 14, 2020

Every presidential election year, on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, Presidential Electors cast votes for President and Vice President. This often-overlooked day is a vital part of…

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How the Electoral College works

Posted by Trent England in Electoral College on Dec 14, 2020

Many Americans don’t understand how the process to elect our president functions. Today, we will walk through a few of the most common questions and misunderstandings about the Electoral College. Wh…

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The Electoral College and Campaign 2020

Posted by Trent England in Electoral College on Nov 25, 2020

Every four years, millions of Americans wind up on the losing side and thus disappointed by the presidential election. These wins and losses too often color how we see our political institutions. Thi…

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The myth of 'wrong-winner' elections

Posted by Sean Parnell on Nov 20, 2020

Key Points Presidents who won without a popular-vote plurality campaigned under the rules of the time, and it is misleading to call them “wrong winner” elections based on some imaginary preferred …

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Time is running out

There is a real, immediate threat to the constitutional way we elect our president. National Popular Vote is 76% of the way to implementing their dangerous plan.