HB 388 Gives Louisiana’s Election Outcomes to the Dems

by RevMark


From the Eagle Forum . . .

Make sure your Representative knows how much damage this bill will cause Louisiana’s Presidential Election outcome.

This bill, HB 388 is an anti-Electoral College bill that is pending before the Louisiana House of Representatives. This bill is currently scheduled to be heard on the House floor on June 6. Please call your state representative. Tell them that you are OPPOSED to HB 388, the National Popular Vote legislation.

Contact information for representatives is here:

HB 388 would require Louisiana to join an interstate compact, as proposed by the National Popular Vote organization. This compact would require Louisiana to give all its presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote, instead of the winner of Louisiana’s state vote. If enough states agree to the plan, the Electoral College will be effectively eliminated.

NPV is a bad idea for two reasons:

First, the Electoral College provides many benefits to Americans. It affords special protections to the citizens of small and mid-sized states such as Louisiana. Without the Electoral College, Louisiana voters can expect to live in the shadow of big cities such as Los Angeles and New York in each and every presidential election.

Second, even assuming the Electoral College needed to be eliminated, this legislation is not the way to do it. It is an end-run around the constitutional amendment process, and it will create many logistical difficulties. These issues will haunt us in election years and cause much litigation and confusion. For instance, this legislation would allow any of the following situations:

  • A President can be elected by ANY plurality: 15, 20 or 25 percent of the vote is enough. NPV does not provide for run-offs, nor does it require candidates to meet a certain threshold.
  • The margin between two candidates could be very close, yet Louisiana could find itself unable to participate in a recount.
  • Louisiana could be forced to award its 8 electors to a presidential candidate who was not on its ballot.
  • Other states might use recount standards that differ from Louisiana’s. They might thus cause election totals to tilt in favor of their candidate, as opposed to Louisiana’s.
  • Louisiana could be forced to award its 8 electors to a candidate who was overwhelmingly rejected by Louisiana voters.
  • NPV has been enacted in 7 states plus D.C. It has been supported by legislators who have often spent too little time understanding and researching the logistical ramifications of enacting it. Don’t let Louisiana become the 8th state to endorse this crazy idea. States such as Louisiana uniquely benefit from the Electoral College.

Call your representative TODAY and urge him to vote NO on HB 388. And pass this information on to your friends and neighbors who may help to spread the word about this dangerous legislation.

You can find out who your state representative is and how to contact him here:

More information on the legislation can be found here:

Phyllis Schlafly has also written extensively on the issue and you can find her writings here:

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