Well, if you're in any of the states listed below, it's too late. According to the National Popular Vote (NPV) website:
The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 necessary to activate it (VT, MD, WA, IL, NJ, DC, MA, CA, HI).Bet a lot of you didn't even know it.
Trevor Loudon at New Zeal Blog did a post on the NPV. It's well worth the read.
Most people don't even know that this is being voted on in their states. If enough states vote yes to this plan, it will do away with the way we elect our Presidents in the future...maybe even 2012, if it's in effect by then.
According to the NPV website, this is how it works:
Why would progressives want to switch to a National Popular Vote POTUS?Do the math: The electoral vote system protects voting rights by giving every individual state a number of electoral votes representing the level of population. In this way, all states in the Union have a proportionate and representative say in who becomes President. It doesn’t matter if the state has more land mass than populace, or if more of the people live in rural areas, etc.
Here is what would happen with an NPVC that hands all the needed 270 Electoral Votes to the national popular vote winner: Those states with larger populations – especially those with heavily populated big cities will pick the President. Period. The politically savvy know that big city voters trend “Democratic” – and that controlling big city vote results (by buying votes, duplicating votes, “fixing” vote count machines on a large scale basis – these are all “Democratic” party specialties!
What really surprised and disappointed me was, that plastered on the front page of the NPV website is a video of Fred Thompson endorsing the NPV.The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia).
Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and plenary (complete) power to allocate their electoral votes, and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).
Oh, and guess who is behind the NPV plan...Spooky Dude himself, George Soros.
According to the article in Trevor's post, there are many Republicans supporting the NPV:
Shockingly, numerous Republican state officials have fallen for the popular vote strategy. Enough GOP have supported it, for NPV.com to brag this is a “bi-partisan” measure (along with bogus polls claiming how We the People want this!) Banners of progressive newspaper editorial endorsements are topped (of course) by the New York Times. Some GOP have co-sponsored this in their state. More have even voted for its passage! Whether these are ill-informed, popularity-seeking, bribed or just too dumb to do the math we can’t say. What we know is this probably means no more Republican presidents ever – and Obama back in 2012, if only by the tiniest of margins!
Evidently, it’s going to take all of US to contact our own state assemblyman, state senator and governor to inform them of how destructive (and “progressive”) this national vote compact really is.
I've stayed up late (again), and written to my state leaders. Unfortunately and not surprisingly, I found out that one of my U.S. Senators, Bill Nelson (D-FL), supports a Federal Constitutional Amendment for direct election of the President and passage by State Legislatures of the National Popular Vote Bill. I had no idea.
But now we all know it and if we don't agree with the NPV, we need to contact our state leaders as soon as possible.
Trevor's post has many links with a lot of information you need to know. Please check it out. And if you want to see what the NPV website looks like (and watch that Fred Thompson video...hiss, boo), go here.