In case you’re unaware, there’s a movement afoot to do away with the electoral college in favor of a pure popular vote for president. Our country’s founders created a federal system, giving small states more weight in the voting process rather than having pure majority rule. I think federalism is a good thing. It was weakened when state Senators became elected by popular vote under the 17th amendment, rather than by state legislatures as they had been in the past – in the latter case, Senators were directly responsible and responsive to their states. Now, not so much.
California is now getting on NPV (National Popular Vote) bandwagon, and as a state with a huge number of electoral votes, California will have a big impact.
This morning the California Senate passed AB 459 (the Electoral College Compact Bill) 23-15 in third reading, sending it back to the Assembly and then on to Governor Brown…
Should Governor Brown sign the bill, NPV will near the “halfway” point toward their trigger (an electoral vote majority, at least 270), jumping from 77 to 132 electoral votes.
Read more here.
Changing the way our democracy works is a pretty big deal, one would think. How many Californians have any idea this is going on? Today. Now. If you live in California, call your representative.