California Legislature disregards Constitution
Considering that Article I section 10 of the Constitution expressly forbids "interstate compacts", the bill will likely be found unconstitutional, even if Gov. Schwarzenegger decides to affix his signature to it. Yet, constitutionality aside, this Bill, apparently, represents Assemblyman Umberg's failure to understand the importance of the Electoral College. As I stated in April, before passage of the bill:
"It's an effort to make California relevant again in presidential elections," Umberg said, clearly unaware of the influence California's 55 Electoral votes have when it comes to Presidential elections, and clearly disregarding the fact that California's interests, as determined by state election results would be superceded by national voting outcomes. This should be obvious, considering the goals of AB2948, so I can only assume that Assemblyman Umberg is being misleading in his statements.
I add that if he is not being intentionally misleading, he is simply unable to grasp the reasons why we do not utilize a simple popular vote. The Electoral college is an integral component in balancing popular opinion with the specific interests of each state.
While I often disagree with legislation and opinions of Democrats in the California State Legislature, with this Bill I am simply disappointed to have a representative with such disregard for the constitution.
I urge Governor Schwarzenegger to veto this bill.
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