Despite President Trump winning 30 states and 77 more electoral votes than his 2016 presidential election opposition Hillary Clinton, some Democrats argue Clinton’s nearly 3 million additional votes in the election should have allowed her to win.
The Founding Fathers understood the failures of a system based on the popular vote and the subsequent power that popular cities and states would wield over smaller, more rural areas; so, they created the Electoral College system.
The system did not produce the result Democrats wanted in the previous election, so now they are looking to change it – and their effort is gaining traction.
Instead of going through proper methods of passing a constitutional amendment to change the Electoral College system, Democrat states are looking to rally together and vote together for the winner of the popular vote.
Check it out, per Fox News:
Connecticut is joining a growing alliance of liberal states in a “pact” that would supposedly allow them to change the way presidents are picked — by allocating each state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
The uphill campaign, which if ever brought to fruition would almost certainly face a court challenge, has gained renewed attention amid Democratic grumbling about the Electoral College in the wake of President Trump’s 2016 win. While he defeated Hillary Clinton in the electoral vote, he lost the popular vote by 2.9 million ballots.
Enter the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which blue states are joining to commit to allocating their electoral votes to the national popular-vote winner — regardless of their own state results.
The pact is meant to be a work-around to the constitutional requirements that created the Electoral College system, which awards each state’s electors to the winner of that state.
It is unclear if the group plans to vote in unison without confirming at least 270 electoral votes – enough needed to win the election – but they are gaining traction.
According to the report, states in the pact have a total of 172 electoral votes. This is less than the number Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the legislation into law, following the state Senate approving legislation opting Connecticut into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact on May 5. The state House passed the legislation last month.
“The National Popular Vote Compact will ensure an equal vote for every American citizen, regardless of which state they happen to live in,” Malloy said in a statement.
Other jurisdictions that have joined the pact include California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia — all places where Clinton defeated Trump in 2016. Connecticut would be the first state to sign on since 2014, when New York joined.
“The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut,” Malloy said. “This is fundamentally unfair.”
Democrats behind the proposal seem oblivious to the purpose behind the electoral system, a philosophical Chesterton’s fence.
“Not only did the framers of the Constitution expressly reject the idea of a direct, popular election for president, but also not one state either in the wake of ratification or at any time thereafter has ever sought to appoint its presidential electors on the basis of votes cast outside the state, as the National Popular Vote Compact requires,” law professor Norman R. Williams said, per the report.
As Fox News reports, “the proposal has passed in at least one house in 11 other states, including Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Oregon.”