New Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Replace Electoral College

Constitution of the United States

Amendment 28

Popular Election of President and Vice-President

Clause 1 – On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every fourth year following the year of the Presidential election prior to enactment of this Article,, all citizens who are eligible by law to vote, in each State and Territory, shall be entitled to vote for a combined ticket of a President and Vice-President of the United States. The Executive Authority of each state and territory shall certify to the Congress of the United States prior to the first Day of January, thereafter, the total popular vote for each ticket of such candidates voted for in each jurisdiction.

Clause 2 – On the Second Tuesday of January, thereafter, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate shall report the combined certified results of the state and territorial elections to their respective legislative bodies. The House of Representatives and the Senate sitting in Joint Session shall certify the election for these offices based solely upon the popular vote of the people.

Clause 3 – Should a winning candidate so certified be found to have been predeceased or is otherwise found to be unqualified for office, the House of Representatives, for the President, or the Senate, for the Vice-President, shall elect a replacement to the vacant office from amongst the top two remaining candidates for either President or Vice-President certified in the election results which were reported to that body. Should a winning Vice-President be thus elected President, the office of Vice-President shall be likewise filled by a vote of the Senate from those same candidates.

Clause 4 – The President and Vice-President so elected shall take office at Noon on January 20th thereafter.

Clause 5 – Congress shall have power to enforce this Article by appropriate legislation.

The Electoral College Really is Rigged – What It Really Does

About the Electoral College – The gibberish you hear this week about the Electoral College being a high-minded or gloriously successful attempt at political stability is mainly a bunch of BS. Few people realize that the primary reason for the Electoral College system in the original US Constitution was for the protection of slavery and slave owning states.

The great compromise that was reached over the counting of slaves in the Census carried over to the the allotment of seats in Congress and therefore to the number of Electors each state got. The higher population Northern states had their number of actual voters offset with the 3/5ths population count given to each nonvoting slave in the South. So, in 1800-1860, Virginia had more Electoral votes than the large northern states like Pennsylvania and New York even though the popular vote would be higher in the Northern states. Thus, five of the first six Presidents were slave-owning Southerners. Thomas Jeffereson lost the popular vote to Aaron Burr, but won the Electoral College based upon the result of the 3/5ths slave vote weight of the Electoral College. With the end of slavery this purpose for the Electoral College dimmed, but in recent years the influx of undocumented immigrants has again overweighted the Electoral College toward California, Texas and other states with high numbers of nonvoting undocumented residents.

Those 13,000,000 undocumented immigrants are counted in the US Census and pump up the numbers of Electoral College clout for the primarily Sun-Belt and industrial states that are heavy in undocumenteds.