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 February 17, 2012

Dear Friends,

We need your help. A dangerous anti-Electoral College bill is pending before the Alaska Senate. This bill is currently pending in the Finance Committee, which is the last committee it will need to pass before it goes to the Senate floor for a vote. Please call members of the committee and your state senator. Tell them that you are OPPOSED to SB 39, the National Popular Vote legislation.

Contact information for the Senate Finance Committee is here:
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_com_info.asp?comm=SFIN&session=27

Contact information for senators is here:
http://senate.legis.state.ak.us/
 
SB 39 would require Alaska to join an interstate compact, as proposed by the National Popular Vote organization.  This compact would require Alaska to give all its presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote, instead of the winner of Alaska’s state vote. If enough states agree to the plan, the Electoral College will be effectively eliminated. 
 
NPV is a bad idea for two reasons:
 
First, the Electoral College provides many benefits to Americans.  It affords special protections to the citizens of less densely populated states, such as Alaska. Without the Electoral College, Alaska voters can expect to live in the shadow of big cities such as Los Angeles and New York in each and every presidential election.
Second, even assuming the Electoral College needed to be eliminated, this legislation is not the way to do it.  It is an end-run around the constitutional amendment process, and it will create many logistical difficulties.  These issues will haunt us in election years and cause much litigation and confusion.  For instance, this legislation would allow any of the following situations: 
 
  • A President can be elected by ANY plurality: 15, 20 or 25 percent of the vote is enough. NPV does not provide for run-offs, nor does it require candidates to meet a certain threshold.
  • The margin between two candidates could be very close, yet Alaska could find itself unable to participate in a recount.
  • Alaska could be forced to award its 3 electors to a presidential candidate who was not on its ballot.
  • Other states might use recount standards that differ from Alaska’s. They might thus cause election totals to tilt in favor of their candidate, as opposed to Alaska’s.
  • Alaska could be forced to award its 3 electors to a candidate who was overwhelmingly rejected by Alaska voters.
 
NPV has been enacted in 8 states plus D.C.  It has been supported by legislators who have often spent too little time understanding and researching the logistical ramifications of enacting it. Don’t let Alaska become the 9th state to endorse this crazy idea.  States such as Alaska uniquely benefit from the Electoral College, as discussed in this National Review post:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/289640/small-state-alaska-considers-anti-electoral-college-legislation-tara-ross

Call your representative TODAY and urge him to vote NO on SB 39.  And pass this information on to your friends and neighbors who may help to spread the word about this dangerous legislation.

You can find out who your state senator is here:
http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_eo_state_comm.php

Contact information for senators is here:
http://senate.legis.state.ak.us/

More information on the legislation can be found here:
http://www.SaveOurStates.com

Phyllis Schlafly has also written extensively on the issue and you can find her writings here:
Electoral College


The bill that has been proposed in Alaska can be found here:
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=SB0039A&session=27


Thank you for your help!

 
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