While some Republicans are sitting around thinking that Donald Trump is going to be re-elected easily 2020, they should consider the legislation that 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed to circumvent the Electoral College. Those states have voted to award their Electoral Votes based upon the national popular vote, not the vote in their own states. So far, the following states have passed this legislation:
District of Columbia
These states have a total of 196 Electoral Votes or 36.4% of the Electoral College. Since all of these are Democrat states, there have not been a lot of raised eyebrows.
In addition, the following eight states have pending legislation:
These states have 90 Elector Votes. That would give the Electoral College by-pass legislation 286 votes a winning majority (since 270 are needed to win) in all future presidential elections. If this legislation were to come into effect, that would give the election to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, regardless of how the other states vote.
The Electoral College gives the small states some say into who is elected president. It makes the candidates pay attention them and their issues. If this legislation comes to pass, the there is a huge likelihood that all future presidential elections would be determined by California, New York and Illinois.
This legislation is not in force as of yet. There are also legitimate concerns that it can pass the constitutional muster. Still it is there, and the possibility that it will pass and become a de-facto by-pass of a constitutional amendment is a concern.
Do any of you have any thoughts on this?