Weekly Headlines: Jan 17-23

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Alexandria Times: Popular Vote Interstate Compact is unconstitutional

The proponents of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact say that they are supporting democracy and fairness. In fact, the result of their proposal would be quite the opposite.

The Compact would make changes the U.S. Constitution forbids. It would weaken the Electoral College and undermine our federal system of independent states as well as our representative democracy.

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The Connection: NPV Compact: Affront To Virginians, Danger To Our Nation

Alexandria’s State Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Levine swore to uphold the US and Virginia Constitutions. And yet now they want the legislature to enact an end-run around our Constitution, a radical scheme called the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” (NPV). If enough states join the Compact to reach 270 Electoral College votes, those states are then pledged to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote no matter for whom the majority of Virginians vote. These legislators want voters in New York, Texas, and California to control Virginia’s Presidential electors. If Virginians vote a different way, too bad. Consider that Los Angeles County has 10 million people, more than 41 states, New York City has more people than all of Virginia. If NPV passes, why even vote here in the Commonwealth?

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The Detroit News: Opinion: The Electoral College saved democracy

On Jan. 6 and 7, for the 59th time in our representative democracy’s history, Congress counted and accepted the Electoral College vote, making Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. This was despite a relentless and unprecedented effort by the sitting president and his allies, who have been hellbent on subverting that process.

The Electoral College had voted 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump on Dec. 14, and this final step completed the constitutional process, once again ensuring that the citizenry of the nation, voting state by state in separate state elections, elected the next president of the United States.

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