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Jul 23

Count the votes my way for my election but…

Congress takes August off (and then some) so I suppose I might as well take August off too – it only seems fair.  On the way I had to ask how The House would like it if each of them were elected using the same logic that the states apply to the Electoral College and the resultant presidential election.  I think there would be a major revolt – and should be.  There should be a major revolt over the Popular Vote Movement.  so, Until September (sometime…)

 

My Colorado Representatives:

As you prepare to leave Shangri-La on the Potomac for your “August Recess” This Friday[1], perhaps some thought about the National Popular Vote (NPV) movement should be on your recess agenda.  There seems to be a rapid movement in Colorado to address this very controversial issue – with focus on overturning the legislature’s recent agreement for Colorado to join the movement.

If nothing else the NPV is providing a catalyst for voters in Colorado to review the entire presidential voting process, including the Electoral College (EC) which is a foundational part of our Constitution.

The founding fathers didn’t put the EC in the Constitution to keep citizens votes from being counted.  The EC is in place to protect ALL votes from possibly being ignored because the voters are not in highly populated states – or are in states with widely diversified needs, like Colorado.

The formation of the Legislative Branch of our democratic republic is based upon district representation providing for a somewhat even distribution across states based upon district population[2].  The founding fathers recognized each district represents citizens based on that citizens’ local environment, desires, and most importantly – needs from the federal government.  That method’s logical extension to the presidential election is already ignored by those 48 states choosing to combine all their district EC elections into one state pool rather than the districts themselves.

While the NPV attempt to further (completely?) destroy the Electoral College’s nationwide (as opposed to state wide) representation is in the spotlight – why not introduce federal legislation that puts the Constitution’s well-defined means for conducting a national Presidential election back into place?  Require each state to hold district elections (as they already do) to elect (by presidential candidate) in each district that district’s representative to the EC – without state intervention.  Each state will then, by statewide popular vote, elect the two senatorial representatives to the EC.  Simple, direct, and as designed in the Constitution – and used to elect you!

I know – the Constitution provides for the states to control their elections, but the Constitution also provides for me to be able to vote for my elector (to the EC) as well.  Will the next step be that if Party A’s representatives win the majority of the districts within a state that all (and only) the Party A candidates will go to Congress from that state?  If my district’s landslide winning vote went to the Party B, or Party C or any other candidate in our district – all our votes would not count – some other person with Party A affiliation will represent us in Congress – only because of party affiliation – not votes.  That doesn’t sound very Constitutionally representative, does it?  Would you allow that in Colorado?

But that is exactly what 48 states (including Colorado) are doing with district presidential votes for district representatives to the EC.  When you think about it, that isn’t very Constitutional either.

What do you say?  Do you think maybe someone should fix this?  Me too.  That someone is you!!

We’re watching.

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado

[1] 2019 Congressional August Recess – July 26 to September 9.  August now has six weeks, or 45 days?  Cry a river, February!

[2] Gerrymandering and district distribution across states are discussions for another day – before the 2020 Census.

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