The House bill has a total of 45 sponsors (in a 75-member chamber), including Representatives Christopher R. Blazejewski, Edith H. Ajello, Raymond A. Hull, Maria E. Cimini, Michael A. Tarro, Anastasia P. Williams, Scott A. Slater, Leo Medina, Charlene M. Lima, Peter G. Palumbo, Arthur Handy, David A. Bennett, Eileen S. Naughton, Frank G. Ferri, Robert E. Flaherty, Jared R. Nunes, Patricia A. Serpa, Scott J. Guthrie, Lisa P. Tomasso, Doreen Marie Costa, Donald J. Lally, Jr., Teresa Ann Tanzi, Spencer E. Dickinson, Donna M. Walsh, Samuel A. Azzinaro, Larry Valencia, Michael W. Chippendale, Deborah A. Fellela, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, Cale P. Keable, Gregory J. Schadone, Agostinho F. Silva, James N. McLaughlin, William San Bento, Jr., J. Patrick O'Neill, Elaine A. Coderre, Raymond H. Johnston Jr., Mary Duffy Messier, Joy Hearn, Jan P. Malik, Richard P. Morrison, Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., John G. Edwards, Deborah Ruggiero, and Peter Martin.
House bill #7388 which will implement a National Popular Vote interstate compact is scheduled for a vote on April 11th. This bill has already passed in our State Senate. It will effectively transform our US Presidential elections into a popular vote contest, and take away any influence RI would have as a sovereign state on the Presidential election.
This is NOT a vote for a Constitutional Amendment. It is a “work-around” interstate compact whereby participants would agree to cast their votes for the person who won the most votes. This would effectively eliminate lesser populated areas from being included in campaigns and their views would not be heard.
Not only does this threaten some of the constitutional foundations of Federalism, it would open the door for potential “doomsday” election recount scenarios. The fact that some states would be participating, and others would not would throw our electoral process into chaos! The electoral college system was created to insure that EVERY state had an independent voice in Presidential elections. I would encourage you all to become educated about this issue and make your opinion heard, one way or the other, before the vote. As a non-partisan bill, the voice of the public should hold significant sway with legislators.
Please take special note of the co-sponsors of this bill. In my opinion they are signing away your influence on any Presidential election. Let them know if you approve or disapprove.
I personally believe that this is the first step towards moving away from being a Republic, and moving towards a Democracy. A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a republic the sovereignty is in each INDIVIDUAL PERSON. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the GROUP. In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. "Republic" is the proper description of our government, not "democracy."
There are 270 electoral votes required to enact this compact. There are already 132. Please weigh in on this!
Marina Peterson, Bristol