Democrat Plan To Change Presidential Elections Drowns Out Alaska's Voice

The Alaska Legislature is currently considering a bill that would join Alaska in an interstate compact changing the way the United States President is elected.  I have serious concerns about its true, negative, effects. The bill’s supporters promote the change as a way to ensure that “the person with the most votes wins.”  I have participated in two hearings on Senate Bill 39 in the Senate State Affairs committee, and have researched the issue extensively.   Again, I have serious concerns about the negative effects of this legislation on Alaska.

The Founding Fathers recognized the imbalance of power between large urban areas and small, more rural areas. They saw the concentration of power and special interests that occurs in large cities, which ignored the concerns of citizens living in smaller towns and communities. The Founders envisioned the Electoral College System which distributes power and influence, with fairness, to all Americans, regardless of where they live.

In the National Popular Vote, states would choose to join a compact agreement with other states. Under this plan, presidential votes from these compacted states would be pooled together. Alaska’s 350,000 votes for President could be pooled with California’s 13.7 million votes and the votes from Hawaii (456,000), Illinois (5.6 million), Maryland (2.6 million), New Jersey (4 million), Washington (3 million), Vermont (327,000) and Massachusetts (3.1 million). The top vote-getter from this “pool” would be given all the Electoral votes from all the compacted states.

So, that means…Alaskans’ majority vote for president, out of our 350,000 votes, might be for Candidate A but California and the other compacted states might give a majority of their combined 32.8 million votes for Candidate B…and Alaska will be required to give its 3 electoral votes to Candidate B. Alaska’s citizens’ voices would be completely drowned out by the other 32.8 million voters in the other eight states … and those are just the ones that have signed on to the compact contract so far!