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Anti-Electoral College Advocates: Pass Bill Now, Ask Questions Later

What you don’t know about National Popular Vote.

5:55 PM, Jul 19, 2010 • By TARA ROSS
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Perhaps NPV thinks that a new, centralized federal election statutory regime will be necessary at some point in the future. Setting aside the discussion about where the boundary lies between state and federal authority to regulate the elections of presidential electors, such laws could not be enacted without the compliance of legislators from the majority of states who did not see fit to enact NPV in the first place. How arrogant of NPV supporters to think they can force the rest of the nation into a corner like that. NPV creates a ton of logistical problems, with little or no warning. The rest of us are then forced to swallow federal laws that we never needed or wanted, simply to clean up NPV’s mess.

NPV did not deserve support in Massachusetts, particularly when it wouldn’t take time to fully explain itself to the American people. NPV is already pushing its legislation in other states, beginning with New York. It should be swiftly rejected.

Tara Ross is the author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College

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