Electoral College

Policy Primer: The National Popular Vote Proposal – A Step Away from Federalism and a Step Towards Chaos

This Policy Primer briefly reviews and summarizes five key shortcomings of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV) and debunks the four most common myths associated with this plan for electing the President, which is quietly being signed onto in state legislatures across the country. The NPV proposal is an attempt to get states to agree […]

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Election Law Handbook for Legislators and State Policymakers

This Election Law Handbook provides an informative guide to a variety of topics in campaign finance and election law likely to arise in any state legislative session. A useful tool for anyone interested in topical election law issues, in addition to original content, this Handbook suggests recommended reading for more in-depth analysis of the subjects discussed […]

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Policy Memorandum: National Popular Vote

This memo dispells several popular myths surrounding the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), which is quietly being signed onto in state legislatures across the country.

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Destroying the Electoral College: The Anti-Federalist National Popular Vote Scheme

In this Legal Memorandum, the Heritage Foundation’s Hans A. von Spakovsky explains several serious issues with the National Popular Vote (NPV) plan, the latest in a long line of schemes designed to replace the Electoral College. According to von Spakovsky, based on the ideals of this nation’s Founders, the Electoral College has proved itself to […]

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Reforming The Electoral College: Federalism, Majoritarianism, And The Perils of Sub-Constitutional Change

In this paper, Norman R. Williams, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Government at Willamette University, explores the efforts of opponents of the Electoral College to secure passage of the National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC). If passed by enough states amounting to a majority of electoral votes, the NPVC would go into effect, ensuring the election of our President by the national popular vote. Williams argues that the NPVC is an unnecessary and dangerous reform that could have disastrous consequences for our republic. He points out that the NPVC has huge flaws that could make electoral “misfires” much more common, risking a broken electoral system. Through his research, Williams makes it clear that the NPVC is a sub-constitutional agreement that risks the integrity of the Constitution and should be rejected.

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Legal and Logistical Ramifications of the National Popular Vote Plan

This article concerns the legislative proposal of a California-based group, National Popular Vote, Inc. (NPV), which, if approved, will essentially eliminate the Electoral College in lieu of a nationwide popular election. In this article, the author addresses numerous logistical and constitutional problems that will inevitably be the subject of litigation if a significant number of states approve the NPV compact.

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A Critique of the National Popular Vote Plan for Electing the President

In this policy briefing, John Samples analyzes the shortcomings of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), which, if enacted by states possessing a combined total of 270 electoral votes, would result in the direct election of the president of the United States, essentially nullifying the Electoral College. As of September 2011, the NPV Compact has been passed by the legislatures of 9 different states, totaling 132 electoral votes, or 49% of the electoral votes needed to activate it. Among a broad swath of issues, Samples examines how the NPV Compact diminishes federalism, broadens electoral disputes by nationalizing them, and fails to provide any security against states withdrawing from the Compact at any time. Above all, the policy briefing argues that states that candidates disregard now will continue to be disregarded under the NPV Compact. As such, Samples urges states not to join onto the agreement.

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