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This iteration of the GOP wants power & would place a dictator in The Oval Office. Every vote is important. A right-wing voice sounded an alarm: “Nebraskans should [] demand their state stop pointlessly giving strength to their political enemies.” [FN1] .Nebraska’s electors? 1/11

Are not assigned to candidate for POTUS [FN2] based on winner-take-all. [FN3] Of Nebraska’s 5 electors [FN4] 2 go to the winner of the popular vote State-wide. The other 3 go to the winner of each Congressional district. [FN5] Winner-take-all is not in The Constitution. 2/11

In 1788, 5 States’ legislatures chose electors [FN6]; 2 used popular vote district-by-district [FN7] 2 used pop vote statewide [FN8]; 1 used pop vote district-by-distr & 2 electors at-large chosen by legislature. [FN9] 2 States hadn’t ratified The Const’n. [FN10] One blew the deadline. [FN11] 3/11

Winner-take-all inherently disenfranchises as many as nearly ½ of a State’s voters. Voting is protected by The Constitution. [FN12] A person has a right to vote & to have the vote counted. [FN13] Electors were created for strategy, but to protect the country. [FN14] 4/11

And who changes election rules in the middle of the cycle? Scholarly authority has noted: “As far as I know, the presidency is the only elected office in the United States in which the person with the most votes in the final election does not necessarily win.” [FN15] 5/11

FN1. Charles Kirk.
FN2. “President of the United States,’ shortened to POTUS to economize on space
FN3. 6/11

FN4. Each State has electors equal to the total of Senators (2) and Representatives in Congress. U.S. Const., Art. II, sec. 1, para. 2.
FN5. Id., footnote 1. 7/11

FN6. Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, and Georgia. Peirce and Longley, “The People’s President: The Electoral College in American History and the Direct Vote Alternative,” 1981 ed., p. 33. 8/11

FN7. Maryland and Virginia. Id., FN5.
FN8. Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Id., FN5.
FN9. Massachusetts. Id., FN5.
FN10. Rhode Island and North Carolina. Id., FN5.
FN11. New York. Id., FN5. 9/11

FN12. Wesbury v Sanders, 376 U.S. 1, 17, 84 S.Ct. 526, 535, 11 L.Ed.2d 481 (1964).
FN13. Reynolds v Sims, 377 U.S. 533, 561, 84 S.Ct. 1362 [12 L.Ed.2d 506] (1963) 10/11

FN14. The Federalist No. 68 (Alexander Hamilton)
FN15. Finkelman, “The Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College,” 23 Cardozo L Rev 1145, 1146 (2002). 11/11

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