Resolution Opposing National Popular Vote Compact

Douglas County Republican Party Resolution

Dated this 9th day of April, 2014

WHEREAS, the United States of America’s Constitutional method of electing the President through the Electoral College was the method deemed best by the founding fathers for ensuring state sovereignty because all states, both large and small, are included in the presidential election process; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution preserves the balance of power and authority between federal and state governments through the mechanism of the Electoral College; and

WHEREAS, the Electoral College has been tested and proven itself over 57 presidential elections as the method to best preserve our representative form of Republic, resulting in the election of a President by a majority of electoral votes not a mere plurality; and

WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Compact” violates Article I, Section 10 the United States Constitution which forbids states from entering into any, “Agreement or Compact with another State” without the consent of Congress; and

WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Compact”, if successfully implemented would destroy the constitutional Electoral College process of electing the President of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Compact”, if successfully implemented, would radically change the way we elect our President through a questionable legal maneuver by changing the rules of presidential elections via a compact between as few as 11 states instead of the normal 38 states needed to amend the Constitution; and

WHEREAS, under the “National Popular Vote Compact”, if successfully implemented, a non-member state’s electoral votes are irrelevant because member states electoral votes would number 270 or more and they would award those votes to the national popular vote winner, effectively destroying the Electoral College; and

WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Compact”, if successfully implemented, would undermine state authority and give more populated media markets power over the voice of the states;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Douglas County Republican Party opposes the attempt to undermine the U. S. Constitution and the Electoral College by way of the “National Popular Vote Compact”; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the Douglas County Republican Party does fully endorse retaining the constitutionally approved and time-tested Electoral College method of awarding electoral votes to candidates to win the office of President of the United States of America; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the Douglas County Republican Party strongly encourages the Nebraska State Legislature and Governor to reject the “National Popular Vote Compact”.

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