If we don’t do something NOW about the damage the national Popular Vote Movement could do to our nation then we will not be the United STATES anymore… This letter a followup to a letter in the 6/23 Grand Junction Sentinel from County Commissioner Rose Pugliese.
Mesa Colorado County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was on target in her June 23 letter regarding the Popular Vote Movement (PVM) but slightly off center. Rose outlines the PVM efforts to circumnavigate the entire Electoral College (EC), but we need to go further to repeal this bad law.
State’s rights were paramount in the founder’s minds to protect the entire Union of States, not just States that had higher populations.
Granted, the Constitution provides for each state to manage its elections – the federal government not intruding upon the state’s rights to run their internal election affairs. The EC was implemented to provide a balanced method for citizens within the states to elect the President and Vice President – at the time, the only popular elected federal officials. However, 48 of 50 of the states have already chosen to obliterate the EC balance provided their citizens by dictating all of the state’s electoral votes go to the candidate winning the popular vote in the state – the democratic thing to do. But the United States is not a Democracy – it is a Democratic Republic. The PVM would eliminate the EC, even though leaving it in place, and turning absolute control of the US Administration over to the most populated states – exactly what the founding fathers saw a need to avoid.
So how do we fix this?
The Constitution provides me, “… the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President…” The state took that right from me when it said my vote counts only if my vote for my Congressional District Elector is in the majority of the entire state – not the majority in the Congressional District which my EC “elector” should represent.
Congress needs to revitalize the Electoral College – not cast it aside. Congress should use the privilege of legislative power over the states it has exercised in the past and require elections for the President and Vice President within the States be at the Congressional District level for Electors representing Congressional Districts and at the State level for electors representing members of the Senate.
The PVM movement should be the catalyst to have Congress revisit the federal election process, honor the intent of the founding fathers, and put this United States back on its Constitutionally Democratic Republic track.
That would be a Bull’s Eye for the nation.
Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado
 US Constitution, Amendment 14, Section 2.