May 19, 2024
Virginia House approves bill to join National Popular Vote, bypass Electoral College
The compact is billed as bipartisan, but support has come overwhelmingly from Democrats in blue states, spurred by the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections.
The compact is billed as bipartisan, but support has come overwhelmingly from Democrats in blue states, spurred by the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections.

The Virginia House of Delegates passed Tuesday a bill to award its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote as the newly elected Democratic majority sought to join the pact to leapfrog the Electoral College.

The state House voted 51-46 to enter into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, sending H.B. 177 to the state Senate despite opposition from Republicans who argued that the measure would upend the intent of the Framers.

The Electoral College is “part of a quaint thing that we used to call in civics class checks and balances,” said Del. R. Lee Ware, a Republican, on the House floor. “I hope you’ll stick with the checks and balances and not go along with H.B. 177.”

Democratic Del. Mark Levine, one of the bill’s two sponsors along with Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, argued that the Electoral College was a throwback that “began at a time when the founders actually didn’t think that there would be political parties.”

“They thought that a bunch of white men with property would get in a room in the back and they would decide who the president was,” Mr. Levine said during Monday’s floor debate. “It even had the infamous 3/5 clause, which meant that the more people were enslaved, the more slave owners had representation.”

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BTDT
BTDT
February 14, 2020 8:32 pm

The Electoral College is a brilliant document, A similar safe guard in our own Constitution would prevent heavily populated locals such as the GTA and our handout addicted east coast tail from wagging the ROC dog. The Electoral College is all that stands between the coastal Democrats voting elites from ruling the rest of America and they know it. Therefore it must go. If the Dems win this battle the GOP will never win an election again, ever.

Do You Understand the Electoral College?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6s7jB6-GoU

Don Deacon
Don Deacon
February 16, 2020 4:10 pm
Reply to  BTDT

You are right an awful lot of Canadians do not understand the “electoral college”.
If only Canada had one we in the West wouldn’t be under the thumb of Ontario & Quebec.

I just wonder if there such a system would be permitted under a parliamentary system of government. If the answer is yes then Canada will never have it as it would have to voted on by our present system so the outcome would be predetermined.

Unless we in the West separate we are screwed in perpetuity.