Popular vote initiative is end-run around U.S., state constitutions

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Guest Columnist

The Governor and our Democratic controlled Legislature have given away New Mexico’s sovereignty and right to select our choice for president with the Electoral College. They have entered into a compact with other states, unconstitutionally going around the Electoral College, by using the national popular vote which is dictated by the most populous states.

The Electoral College system was set to have each state make its choice and cast its votes as a sovereign state. By using the popular vote to elect the president, New Mexico citizens will be an insignificant ripple in the process and the only vote that matters will be that of the largest, most populous states. The presidential candidates will not need to come to our state or even ask for our five electoral votes. We will certainly be that poor little rural state that is “missing”.

This is one result of not teaching civics as a whole course in our public schools. How is one to know what the purpose and the job of the Electoral College is if it is never examined and taught. In my days in public schools in New Mexico (in the “olden days”), we had a full semester of civics. The topic of the Electoral College is covered in the Federalist Papers for anyone who dares to dig it up.

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