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    Is the Representative Republic a Threat to Our Democracy?

    May 22, 2024
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    In 2020, Colorado joined the National Popular Vote Compact after voters allegedly approved the controversial ballot measure. 

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    In a thought-provoking analysis out of Complete Colorado, Rob Natelson discusses the compact, “seeks to nullify the U.S. Constitution’s presidential election procedure.” Natelson is a former constitutional law professor and current senior fellow at the Independence Institute.

    “Not surprisingly, all developed nations—even those with some sort of direct election for their chief executive—have rejected NPV’s pure ‘plurality wins’ system. NPV is law only in a handful of Third World nations. They are Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Honduras, Paraguay, Mexico, and Panama,” Natelson writes. 

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    The piece dives deep into Panama, throwing cold water on progressive fever dreams of abolishing the Electoral College. 

    It’s not surprising that Colorado’s political leaders are pushing the NPV compact, especially as activists push for abolishing caucus and establishing rank choice voting in our state. They’ve been unsuccessful to date, but history proves they’re patient. Natelson writes:

    “NPV was a crackpot idea that became favored by the left only after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. He did so by garnering 46 percent from all over the country, as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s 48 percent concentrated in a few sections. The irony is that compared with many NPV elections, Trump’s 46% looks like a landslide. Under NPV, candidates often win with much less than that.”

    Unintended consequences are a feature of just about every progressive policy position.

    Read Natelson’s full editorial here, and vote wisely in November. 

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    Ashe Epp

    Ashe Epp is a local writer and a Colorado Free Press contributor. You can find more from Ashe at linktr.ee/asheinamerica.
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