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Why the National Popular Vote Is a Bad Idea

The Majority Isn’t Always Right

The Nevada Senate passed Assembly Bill 186 Tuesday to join the National Popular Vote interstate compact. The bill will now go to Gov. Steve Sisolak. If he signs it, Nevada would join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in changing the way it distributes its electoral votes.

The electoral college gives each state gets a certain number of votes based on how many members of Congress they have. So for example, Nevada — which has four members of the House of Representatives and two U.S. Senators — gets six electoral votes.

Generally, states will award their electoral votes to the candidate that wins the popular vote in their own state. Under this pact, the states involved would give their votes to the national popular vote winner regardless of how their state votes. If Nevada Gov. Sisolak signs the bill, they will be the 16th state to join the pact. 11 other states have legislation pending to join the pact.

On the surface this probably sounds like a good idea. But, the electoral college wasn’t meant to make every citizens’ vote count. It was meant to give every state a voice as we are a Republic and not a Democracy. Historically mob rule is dangerous and people can vote for scary things on a trendy whim. We are a country of differing states, cultures, values, religions, races, etc…. and want them all represented in our national elections.

Still think the popular vote is a good idea?

The Popular Vote Would have named a $287 million Polar Research Ship the “R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface”

The council to name the vote eventually chose to override the popular vote and it was named the R.R.S. David Attenborough.

Austin, Texas Almost Names Its Garbage Dump After Limp Bizkit’s Frontman

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In 2011, citizens of the capital of Texas voted to rechristen the city’s Solid Waste Department the “Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts”. Even with a 27,000 vote lead, Austin city officials chose to rename the dump “Austin Resource Recovery.”

Taylor Swift Almost Performs For a School For the Deaf, Thanks Popular Vote!

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In 2012, Taylor Swift thought it would be a good idea to turn to the popular vote to let fans choose a winner! I’m sure her and her marketing team hadn’t even thought about the possibility that the school earning the most votes for her performance would be Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Eventually the school was blocked from the contest and Swift along with her sponsors donated $50,000 dollars to the school.

Mountain Dew Had To Cancel a Contest Due To the Popular Vote

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In 2012, Mountain Dew turned to the people to “DUB THE DEW” for it’s new green-apple flavored drink. It could not have gone worse. When the short-lived contest was ended, the leading name for the soda was “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong”. Mountain Dew quickly issued a profuse apology to its fanbase and will likely never allow the public vote again. Lesson learned.

Pitbull Plays at the Most Remote Walmart in the U.S.

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A Facebook poll launched in the summer of 2012 to sponsor a Pitbull concert at the Walmart franchise that earned the most Likes on the page. The winner of course sent the rapper to the most remote Walmart store in the U.S.: Kodiak, Alaska. Credit to Pittbull for accepting his fate and heading north to live up to the deal.

Sanjaya Malakar made it all the way to 7th Place on American Idol Due to the Popular Vote

This guy actually survived 8 live shows due to America’s votes. This guy…

 

So…do you still trust the popular vote?

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