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house Bill H. Joint Res. 65

Every Vote Counts Amendment

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Title

Every Vote Counts Amendment

Official Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States.

Summary

Constitutional Amendment Every Vote Counts Amendment This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the President and Vice President to be elected directly by the people of the states and the District of Columbia.

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      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2017
    The electoral college is a safeguard that protects rural low population areas. The EC prevents densely populated areas from controlling the entire presidency. In a sense it gives the rural areas (aka where our food, raw materials, fossil fuels, wind energy, etc. comes from-big deal guys!) a voice in the city crowds. The electoral college promotes geographical balance. The EC is incredibly important and most people just don’t understand it’s full value. It’s easy to just listen to influencers personal and maybe even uneducated opinions on it, but research it for yourself if you’re unsure! Also, I do think every vote should count, but why should dense cities control the presidency on rural areas? To me it’s unfair. It’s like the whole abortion argument. Men and women get to vote on the matter. Yes I think men can be affected, but men aren’t the ones who have to “deal with it” in short terms. So women’s votes should carry more weight in my opinion. Same goes for rural areas. Their voices barely get heard because they lack the population the city has. Our country runs off of rural areas supplying so much of what we need. Shouldn’t their vote carry a little more weight as well?
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    Absolutely not. The electoral college is an essential safeguard against the disproportionate influence of the majority (i.e. majority rule). Our government was wisely established with a complex structure to ensure certain safeguards like these as well as checks and balances to also ensure the separation of powers. We need to protect ourselves from our worst instincts—not make is easier to succumb to them—by shoring up these basic elements of the government’s structure. Would this be more convenient? For some, yes, but what will it mean for others? If you think we’re divided now, let majority rule take hold and watch the crevasse grow. Dismantling the Electoral College will be the beginning of our end.
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    POPULAR VOTE IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACTUALLY MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT
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