Lawmaker looks to add NC to list of states pushing to abolish Electoral College

Sen. Wiley Nickel

The movement to effectively abolish the Electoral College continues to gain momentum. Legislation has now been enacted in several states that would award the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the most popular votes nationally.

Last week, Wake County Senator Wiley Nickel (along with Senators Chaudhuri, Waddell, Peterson and Searcy) introduced similar legislation in the North Carolina Senate. This is from a release Nickel distributed today:

On February 21st, Senator Wiley Nickel filed Senate Bill 104 as the primary sponsor. SB104, or the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, would effectively abolish the Electoral College. Senator Nickel’s bill would allow North Carolina to join 12 other states in guaranteeing the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

After filing the bill Senator Nickel said, “The bill would help ensure that every vote, in every state, will count in every presidential election. Two of the last four presidents were elected by the Electoral College – not the majority of Americans. Many citizens feel like their vote doesn’t matter because they live in a state where the Electoral College votes are very likely to go to one candidate. The bill would ensure that every citizen’s vote will be counted equally throughout the United States.”

Senator Nickel said, “Many people point to Al Gore and Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote and lost the Electoral College. However, this issue cuts both ways. In 2004 John Kerry would have won the Electoral College and then lost the popular vote to George W. Bush had 60,000 votes in Ohio gone the other way.”

The bill would go into effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of electoral votes (270 of 538). The 12 states who have agreed to this interstate contract, currently possess 172 electoral votes. As the primary sponsor of this bill, Senator Nickel is hoping to add North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes to the growing number of states supporting this interstate compact.

Click here to read the proposed legislation.

One Comment

  1. John T Burgin

    March 5, 2019 at 8:05 am

    This compact extends the power of the state beyond its borders, and deliberately overrides the constitutional balance of powers between the states. It is a pragmatic disaster in that it greatly increases the power of the presidency, but beyond that it speaks to the oath I took to defend the constitution. If states combine their power to circumvent a constitutional instrument designed specifically to balance the individual state’s power with national power, is that a conspiracy of states against the constitution? I am inclined to believe it is, and that puts me in a very awkward position. I am sworn to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A conspiracy of states against the constitution makes them an enemy of the constitution, and all that implies. Please do not do this thing, and put me and others in such a position. Withdraw the bill, and if it is not withdrawn vote against it. Do not seek to extend the political power of my beloved NC beyond the comforting borders that surround it.

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