Tennessee Federation of Republican Women Resolution Opposing NPV

RESOLUTION

Tennessee Federation of Republican Women Resolution to Preserve the Constitution of the United States of America to Maintain the Integrity of the Presidential Election by Opposing the “National Popular Vote Compact”

    WHEREAS, the Constitutional method of electing the President of the United States through the electoral College was the method deemed best by the founding fathers of the United States of America for ensuring state sovereignty because all states, both large and small, are included in the presidential election process; and

    WHEREAS, the Constitution preserves the balance of power and authority between the federal and state government through the mechanism of the Electoral College; and

    WHEREAS, the Electoral College has been tested and has proven itself over 56 presidential elections as the method to best preserve our representative form of government, resulting in the election of a President by a majority of electoral votes not a mere plurality; and

    WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” if successfully implemented would eviscerate the constitutional Electoral College process of electing the President of the United States; and

    WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” would radically change the way we elect our President through a questionable legal maneuver by changing the rules of presidential elections via a compact between as few as 12 states instead of the normal 38 states needed to amend the Constitution; and

    WHEREAS, Any attempt to form as interstate compact for a patently unconstitutional purpose ought to be patently rejected; and

    WHEREAS, The interest of Tennessee ought never to be ruled by the whims of people from any other State or section of our republic; and

    WHEREAS, The Grand Compromise between the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan have sewn together the lovely bonds of union for 235 years and ought never to be abandoned by any people claiming the mantle of freedom; and

    WHEREAS, The Constitution of the United States Article. II. Section. 1. clause 2 requires each state to appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the number of Senators and Representatives apportioned to it; and

    WHEREAS, under the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” a non-member state’s electoral votes are irrelevant because member states electoral votes would number 270 or more and they would award their votes to the nation popular voter winner, effectively destroying the Electoral College by potentially contravening the will of the citizens of the several states; and

    WHEREAS, the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” would undermine the sovereignty of the People of Tennessee and give more populated areas power over the voice of all the states;

RESOLVED that the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women oppose this attempt to undermine the U. S. Constitution and the Electoral College by way of the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact;”

RESOLVED, the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women does fully endorse retaining the constitutionally approved and time-tested Electoral College method of awarding electoral votes to candidates to win the office of President United States of America; and,

RESOLVED, the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women strongly encourages the Tennessee General Assemble to reject any attempt to enact or assent to the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.”