This is a prime example of the ends justifying the means and a gross failure to acknowledge that NPVIC
tampers with a major provision of our Constitution; our nation's frame of government.
The District of Columbia entered the compact last year when the Mayor signed the NPVIC bill sent to him by the 13-member City Council.
However, that number may soon increase, as NPVIC measures have been introduced in all of the remaining 50 states.
Constitutionalists will at once recognize problems in the NPVIC. First, let us consider the historical issues.
If the NPVIC continues along its current trajectory, these precautions so "happily concerted" in our Constitution will be eliminated, along with the securities provided thereby to the mischief of democracy.
Jaffe calls the NPVIC "dangerous legislation," but wherein lies the danger?
The NPVIC would simply ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the most votes wins the election.
Having the NPVIC in place would establish one person, one vote on a national level and force presidential candidates to spend time in Oregon listening to our problems rather than concentrating all of their campaigning in the battleground states.
Moreover, it occurred to me that the Republicans and Independents in Oregon should embrace the NPVIC because their votes would be pooled with the national vote and not be discarded, as is currently a result of the winner-take-all strategy in a blue state such as Oregon.
The NPVIC would award all Oregon's electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.
The NPVIC is in the interest of all Oregonians as opposed to the system we have now, which effectively disenfranchises Republican voters when voting for president in our Democratic-leaning state.
Please contact your Oregon state legislators and ask them to support the NPVIC, and especially call Peter Courtney, the president of the Oregon state Senate, and demand that Senate Bill 824 come to a vote so that all Oregonians, regardless of party, are enfranchised when choosing the president of the United States."