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West Virginia and a "Popular" President

February 27, 2011 - Joselyn King
A large number of voters turning out for a townhall meeting Saturday with delegates Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio, and Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, voiced their opposition to proposed legislation that could lead to a popularly-elected U.S. president -- with perhaps minimal input from smaller states such as West Virginia.

House Bill 2378 gets its second reading in the House on Tuesday. Under the bill, West Virginia would agree to award its five electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This move would become effective once states representing a majority of electoral votes similarly agrees to the measure.

In other words, when California and New York (blue states), and Florida and Texas (red states) and a few others sign on, voters in those more populated states would in essence choose the next president.

As for little but mighty state of West Virginia . . .the state's voters would realize their vote would count little in the race for president. They might not even turn out to vote -- skipping out on state and local races where their voice would be needed.

"Neither of us support the bill," said Ferns. "There's no traction it."

Storch said she hoped the measure does not pass the House-- but if it does, "that it dies down the road."

A similar bill in the Senate was introduced by Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and co-sponsored by Sen. Orphy Klempa, D-Ohio.

 
 

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