The legislature is at it again. A bill to strip Delaware voters of any input on how our 3 electoral college votes are cast has cleared committee. Our 3 votes would be cast for whatever candidate won the national popular vote even if that candidate did not receive a single vote in Delaware!
“What this does is adds Delaware to an interstate compact, which will take all of our electoral votes and assign them to the winner of the popular vote nationwide,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dennis E. Williams (D-Talleyville). “It’s a … fairness issue. It’s [an issue] of one person, one vote, which really does not exist under the current system,” he said.
Now, never mind the prohibition of interstate compacts in Article 1, Section 10 Clause 3 of the US Constitution. Apparently that became inoperable with lotteries and bridge authorities. The thing that he would seem not to understand is that this was not a mistake in the US Constitution. In order for the small states to agree to be part of the new United States, they demanded assurance they would have some say in the federal government. That is also why there is a Senate with 2 votes per state and not just The House with its proportional representation.
If this passes, would Rep. Williams not want to provide the same fairness in the US Senate? Is it really fair that a state with less than a million people should have the same 2 votes as one with 37 million? Should not each of our Senators not have just 15 hundredths of one vote, 0.15 votes, in accordance with our percentage of the population and California’s each have 6 votes? Sen. Coons and Sen. Carper could go there and have an office like real Senators but they might as well not bother to vote.
What benefit is this to Delaware? If they were voting that all of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes were to be based on how Delaware voted, then they would have something. I think PA might not cooperate but it would make more sense for our legislature to be considering that than this nonsense. Why make us even less relevant to the national discussion?
This actually passed the house in 2009 when it was tried before. You should tell your Rep and Senator that this is not in our interests and that this bill should be soundly defeated.
Here is an article that I received from the Republican House caucus. Presidential_Election_Story