Already abuzz in newspapers, radio, and TV are those who have their eye on defeating current President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Elections. Currently there are 23 Democrats and one Republican businessman, William Weld, contesting for the presidential seat. Well-known Democrats in the race are U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigeig, and former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to Quinnipiac University’s latest voter survey
, if the election took place today the former VP Joe Biden would defeat Trump by “landslide proportions,” but with a long 17 months until Election Day, a lot could still happen. Recall that the polls also showed Hillary Clinton winning last election and we all know how that turned out. In reality, the polling data only measures voter sentiments and not votes broken down by state. Remember that due to our Electoral College's method for counting presidential votes, the winner of the national popular vote does not automatically win the most electoral votes.
As the 2020 elections begin gaining attention, we must keep the preservation of our constitutional Republic at the forefront of our minds. Most politicians are already on a slippery slope calling our nation a democracy, but now two major threats have emerged that could greatly affect this election as well the ones following it: (1) the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact, and (2) H.R. 1, For the People Act of 2019. Both threaten to transform our Republic further towards democratic or mob rule. Let us explain.
National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact
The National Popular Vote bill has been introduced in many, if not most, state legislatures in recent years. When a state joins the NPV Interstate Compact, it pledges to give all of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes nationally. But this NPV Interstate Compact doesn't go into effect until states with a total of 270 or more electoral votes have joined the Compact. Currenly, the NPV Interstate Compact has member states with 196 electoral votes! This movement, if successful in replacing the Electoral College presidential voting system, would encourage even more voter fruad and encourage the majority to act like a king or dictator. Let's not forget democracy is like two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.
On the other side of the coin, preserving the Electoral College is the answer.
It has done its job for over 200 years, giving a voice to the smaller states, encouraging presidential nominees to visit as many states as possible. The NPV would only shift the electoral power to the massive populated cities, making only the large population states important for presidential elections.
H.R. 1, For the People Act of 2019
The New American
writer, Kurt Hyde correctly refers to this act as “The Federal Takeover of Elections Act of 2019”
because the bill is disguised as a way to make voting easier for Americans, yet it will only lead to the unconstitutional takeover of elections by the federal government. Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states that the “times, places, and manner of holding elections” are left to the states. So for our elections to stay free from corrupt federal involvement, supervision of elections needs to stay at the state and local level.
Section 1001 of H.R. 1 implements Internet voter registration, which would provide an open door for fraudulent voting. With no paper trail, it would demolish the importance of our votes. Then, section 1031 of H.R. 1 forces states to execute same-day voter registration, not allowing enough time to properly process the legitimacy of the applications.
What can be done? Continue educating with us! We cannot give up without making an effort to inform fellow citizens, public officials, and influencers in our area. Elections can get messy; let’s start early, so they don’t get even messier.
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