Thursday, November 22, 2007

Federal right to vote

How would you like to wake up some morning after a presidential election and find that CA, NY, WA, OR, FL and a few other states(12 total) swayed the election just based on popular vote. This idea is being floated in many state capitols and college campi nationwide. The electoral college was designed to give every state a say in the voting process, not the general public.

The people have the right, under the U.S. Constitution, to vote for U.S. Representatives. The 17th Amendment (ratified in 1913) gave the people the right to vote for U.S. Senators (who were elected by state legislatures under the original Constitution). The people, however, have no federal constitutional right to vote for President or Vice President or for their state’s members of the Electoral College. Instead, the Constitution (Article II, section 1, clause 2) provides:

“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress….”

I'm opposed to voting for Senators since the Senators are supposed to REPRESENT the state NOT the people therefore in order to get back to a republic the 17th should be repealed immediately.

Seven people here in MO have chosen to co-sponsor this piece of horse excrement so hopefully it will get NO further. I want a representative republic not a democracy where mob rules the election.

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