This is Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham from Winter Harbor.
yesterday, an amazing thing happened in the Maine House.
joined all Republicans to defeat an attempt to get around the Constitution and
the Electoral College. The final vote was 76-66.
listeners new to this debate, here is what the so-called ‘National Popular
Vote’ proposal does.
presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and
the District of Columbia would be given the electoral votes of the states who
voted for this proposal regardless of who the people in that state voted for.
This legislation takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538. Nationally, this now stands at 189. Supporters need just 81 more.
been in effect in 2004, Maine’s votes would have gone to George W. Bush, the
popular vote winner, even though Mainers voted for John Kerry.
words, if Maine voted differently than the rest of the country, our electors
must cast Maine’s voted for someone that Maine didn’t vote for!
voice will be silenced by results in larger, more urban states!
nationwide ‘National Popular Vote’ movement is a knee-jerk reaction to the 2016
election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. It is an attempt by as few as 11
states to get around the Electoral College.
of our Constitution designed a system that gave smaller states a form of
representation that prevents larger states from walking all over them. This is
why even though representatives are apportioned based on population, every
state has two Senators regardless of population.
the Electoral College so valuable is that it is weighted to the population
centers, but gives people in other states a voice in how they are governed.
must have diverse support among the many interests across different states.
If people want to elect their President solely through the popular vote, it should be done by amending the Constitution. Change the rules, rather than go around them.
scheme is passed, it will lead to chaos.
imagine the logistics, cost, and hysteria that would ensue if a
national recount was necessary? Who can forget the recount in Florida after the
2000 presidential election? Image that chaos and uncertainty on a national
There is the
issue of ballot integrity on a national scale. If the states only have power
over their own electors, then they can’t stuff the ballot box for other states.
Currently, if there is fraud in one state, it is less likely to affect the
differences in national turnout?
elections drive turnout. Does Maine really want to give up its electoral votes
because California had several enthusiastic candidates, while Louisiana
voters stayed home because of an uncontested election?
what if a massive snowstorm hits the Midwest, while there are sunny skies in
Electoral College protects against those situations.
established a system of checks and balances designed to protect everyone,
especially minorities, from the tyranny of the majority.
It is a
result of compromise that brings people together for the good of the whole.
scheme succeeds, I have no doubt that it will result in a Constitutional Crisis
that requires a ruling by the United States Supreme Court.
mean more chaos.
system favors Maine and the influence of our citizens to impact the selection
of a President. To abandon this system is to cede Maine’s voice to New York and
Popular Vote is a bad idea for Maine and the USA.
me to the most important point of this radio address.
we won in the House this past week, there is still a danger that enough
Democratic legislators will be pressed into changing their minds by progressive
special interest groups from larger states.
happened already this session when 50 Democrats voted to ban harmful ethanol
from our environment and gasoline, only to change their minds after being
pressured by powerful corn-ethanol industry lobbyists and the Governor’s
time again this session, extreme, agenda-driven proposals from out-of-state
have been imposed on Maine because of one-party rule. And now, with this scheme,
they want to give away our voice to those out-of-state interests.
I want to
thank the 21 House Democrats that voted with all Republicans to defeat this bad
this is where you come in…
listeners to see how your Representative voted and reach out to them. If they voted against the bill, please thank
them and encourage them to stay strong.
voted they other way, please encourage them to reconsider and vote no if and
when it is brought up again. Tell them
to keep Maine’s voice strong and un-muffled by those in Texas and California.
members can be contacted by calling 287-1400.
out to ensure that this bad idea is not resurrected.
Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham from Winter Harbor, thank you for
Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham represents House District 136, the towns of Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Osborn, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor, Fletchers Landing Township, and part of East Hancock.