Everyone entering into my legislative office saw this sign on my desk:
“What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.”
While there are many applications for this saying, it certainly applies to the National Popular Vote question.
The House Elections Committee will be conducting a hearing tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 5. One of the bills to be heard is House Bill 1719, implementing the National Popular Vote in Missouri. This bill has been around a long time, but in the past couple of years has picked up some momentum with the Speaker of the House as a co-sponsor and a former Speaker now serving in the Senate sponsoring Senate Bill 883.
A simple explanation of the National Popular Vote (NPV) is that Missouri would join in an agreement with other member states. Members would agree that all of their electoral votes will go to the winner of the popular vote total of all the agreement member states. The result would be that Candidate A could actually win a majority of Missouri’s votes cast, but because Candidate B won more of the popular vote in all member states combined, Missouri’s electoral votes would be cast for Candidate B.
One of the things you will hear is about how “popular” the National Popular Vote is. I refer you to the sign that occupied my desk!
This bill came up last year and it went nowhere. I wrote a blog about it at that time. After reviewing it, I don’t see that anything has changed. You can read National Popular Vote – Good for a Democracy, Bad for a Republic!
You can weigh in with the committee against this bad bill by clicking witness form provided by our friends at Missouri First!
Bottom line – if you support democracy, you will love the National Popular Vote. If you believe the founding fathers got the concept of a Republic correct, you will adamantly oppose the NPV!