Republicans are not paying enough attention to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which emerged in 2006 and is steamrolling through state legislatures, having passed 41 state legislative chambers in 24 states.
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, “NPV seeks to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide is elected president. When a state passes legislation to join the National Popular Vote Compact, it pledges that all of that state’s electoral votes will be given to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationwide, rather than the candidate who won the vote in just that state.
“These bills will take effect only when states with a majority of the electoral votes have passed similar legislation and joined the compact. States with electoral votes totaling 270 of the 538 electoral votes would have to pass NPV bills before the compact kicks in and any state’s bill could take effect.”
So rather than individual citizens voting, states will vote in whoever wins the popular presidential vote, or the next elected homecoming king or queen.
The National Popular Vote, the group pushing the compact, is focusing in 2021 on Virginia and eight other states: Arizona, Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has become the de facto leader of the MAGA wing of the Republican Party, must become more vocal about the attack against the Electoral College, state control of elections and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.
We are not going to hear weak House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking out against it. We are not going to hear Liz Cheney railing against it. We need DeSantis and other strong freedom-loving Constitutionalists to speak up.
DeSantis must also understand that when the Compact goes into effect by the 2024 election, regardless of the voter’s choice for president elect, the Electoral College votes in Florida won’t matter.
The Republican party did not take voter integrity to the state legislators in the 2020 election. Let’s not make the same mistake by overlooking the momentum of this Compact.