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Defending the Electoral College since 2009

Weekly Headlines: March 7-13
Harry Roth • Mar 12, 2021

The Washington Post: Opinion: Meet the Republicans who want to end the electoral college

In the past two decades, Republican candidates for president have won more votes than their Democratic opponent just once, in 2004, when George W. Bush defeated John F. Kerry. In that same time frame, Republicans have twice lost the popular vote but won the White House. In the 2020 election, that same undemocratic outcome nearly happened again. If Donald Trump had won 50,000 more votes distributed across Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin, he would have been reelected despite receiving 7 million fewer votes than Biden.

It isn’t hard to see, then, why many Democrats want to jettison the electoral college. But it turns out that some of the key figures working hardest to shift the United States to electing presidents by the popular vote aren’t Democrats — they are Republicans. Some are even diehard pro-Trump Republicans, working to undermine the very system that allowed Trump to become president despite getting clobbered by Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.

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Inside Sources: A Defense of Our Electoral College

As the dust settles on the 2020 elections – arguably one of the most contentious election cycles in modern political history – vast numbers of voters remain very concerned about our nation’s election integrity and the preservation of free and fair elections.

This concern is raised against the backdrop of a quiet, well-funded effort to bypass our Constitution and our existing system of electing a president, the Electoral College, in favor of a National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).

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National Review: The Two-Pronged Assault on American Democracy

In the trenches, opposing the threat of National Popular Vote, is Save Our States. Actually, it has been there for over a decade, created after Maryland became the initial NPV Compact member in 2007, and has increased its efforts as the Electoral College trashers have gained more traction.

It may be a David-Goliath challenge, but there are stones to be slung by SOS, such as its excellent 2020 documentary, Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, a persuasive effort to combat the NPV crusade.

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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.