Schwarzenegger Vetoes Electoral College Bill

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given California's electoral votes in presidential elections to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the candidate who captured the state.

The bill could have gone into effect only if states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes - the number now required to win the presidency - agreed to the same process.

Schwarzenegger said the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Umberg, a Democrat, disregards the will of a majority of Californians.

"This is counter to the tradition of our great nation, which honors states' rights and the unique pride and identity of each state," Schwarzenegger said. . . . .

"The only way to make California relevant is to have it re-engage in the presidential election and not have it be thought of as an afterthought," [Umberg] said of his reliably Democratic state. . . . .

It is not "the only way to make California relevant." One way to make it relevant is if it the voters in California are relatively divided on who should be president. Right now California goes for the Democrats all the time, but there was a time in the 1970s and 1980s when it always went Republican. In any case, with out an electoral college we could have an election debate similar to what they just went through in Mexico where the votes in the entire country were being contested.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nothing short of a corrupt attempt at evading the Constitution. Arnie was absolutely right to veto this crap.

The proponents of this bill know they have *no* chance of amending the Constitution to remove the Electoral College, so they are trying to circumvent the process by establishing laws that collude to unconstitutionally nullify the EC.

This kind of treachery needs to be closely monitored...

10/03/2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This bill is completely constitutional as the constitution states that the states can decide however they like how to decide on delegates. Having this bill pass would have the US president decided by the majority of the vote of all voters not the tiny margins in only the handful of states that are contested.

1/15/2008 10:23 AM  

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