How the National Popular Vote Works

The following is a letter written in 2011 to our Representatives in opposition to HB 3517 as testimony to be added to the public record.

Dear Representatives,

HB 3517 enacts Interstate Compact for Agreement among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.

Please accept this as testimony for the hearing being held on Wednesday, March 16th, 3pm, Room 50.

This bill proposes to alter the Electoral College and eliminate the voting rights and powers of the individual states by effectively nationalizing the system. Electors would not vote as directed by their state constituents but instead cast their ballots by what was directed by national popular vote.

Why would our legislators abdicate Oregon’s vote over to highly populated states who do not understand who we are, where we stand and what we envision for ourselves in the future?

Under the system proposed by this bill a minority of the states, including California, New York , Florida , Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, would direct the outcome of the election.

This is reckless legislation and would jeopardize the balance of power!

I resided in California, the most populace state, for almost 35 years and left five years ago to return to Oregon because of the decline in the overall quality of life. California is overregulated and overpriced, crime rate is high, the school system is a mess, and the state budget a financial nightmare. Who are they to have an overwhelming influence on the outcome of a federal election?

In comparison Oregon ranks 27th in population, we have many rural areas, farming communities, coastal towns, and counties with below average income levels. Oregon is blessed with open lands, crystal clear waterways, the fertile soils of the Willamette Valley, and a magnificent coastline.

As legislators you need to answer these questions:

1. Considering Oregon is a state with a low population what would motivate a registered voter of the state to cast a ballot when the national population’s opinion as a whole will override our collective opinion?

2. Why would any presidential candidate bother to visit Oregon if all they have to win is the popular vote of a few states?

3. What do you think the odds are that future presidential candidates will draft their platforms and agendas to win over the few states where the majority of the population resides?

Do NOT pass HB 3517.

Quote of the Day

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.
Edmund Burke

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For Those of You That Wanted Change . . . Here it Is

After two years of Obama and his administration…
January 2009
TODAY
% chg
Source
Avg. retail price/gallon gas in U.S.
$1.83
$3.104
69.6%
1
Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)
$43.48
$99.02
127.7%
2
Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)
$38.74
$91.38
135.9%
2
Gold: London (per troy oz.)
$853.25
$1,369.50
60.5%
2
Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL
$3.56
$6.33
78.1%
2
Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL
$9.66
$13.75
42.3%
2
Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob
$13.37
$35.39
164.7%
2
Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall
7.6%
9.4%
23.7%
3
Unemployment rate, blacks
12.6%
15.8%
25.4%
3
Number of unemployed
11,616,000
14,485,000
24.7%
3
Number of fed. employees, ex. military (curr = 12/10 prelim)
2,779,000
2,840,000
2.2%
3
Real median household income (2008 v 2009)
$50,112
$49,777
-0.7%
4
Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)
31,983,716
43,200,878
35.1%
5
Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)
7,526,598
9,193,838
22.2%
6
Number of long-term unemployed
2,600,000
6,400,000
146.2%
3
Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)
13.2%
14.3%
8.3%
4
People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)
39,800,000
43,600,000
9.5%
4
U.S. rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings
5
9
n/a
10
Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)
29.9
23.5
-21.4%
11
Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)
140
164
17.1%
12
U.S. dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate
89.76
82.03
-8.6%
2
U.S. money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)
1,575.1
1,865.7
18.4%
13
U.S. money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)
8,310.9
8,852.3
6.5%
13
National debt, in trillions
$10.627
$14.052
32.2%
14
Just take this last item:  In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation’s history.  Over 27 times as fast.  Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane. 27 times faster, it would be doing  7,555 MPH!
Sources:
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury