NPV efforts in Michigan will not bear fruit this year, but ..
Yesterday, some good people gathered in Lansing to let legislators know that NPV was maybe not such a good idea.
They were apparently well received. And though there were no absolutes on future efforts, it was made clear that nothing will happen this year to give the progressive left it’s holy grail, a full blown democracy, when electing the president. Norm Hughes who in large part organized the day long effort writes afterward:
Thank you to all the Patriots that went to Lansing today to talk with legislators. Several dozen were involved and they were truly great. We got firm commitments in both houses that National Popular Vote (NPV) will not be voted on this year. We also picked up at least 12 more NO votes on Convention Of States, meaning we have the votes to defeat it if they bring it up in the lame duck session.
This NPV snafu came at a terrible time, taking volunteers from campaigns to Lansing to educate the very candidates who want their help. I can tell you some top officials think it was one cluster ***. Those who took the Hawaii junket might have fulfilled their obligation to push it but it backfired, How are they going to explain that to their benefactors?
A “terrible time” indeed.
I can tell you that there are certain legislators who signed on that will still feel the pain. When looking for the door knockers, local offices have found that certain representative candidates are not inspiring a ground swell of optimism. They may well win their respective contests, but rightfully, they will have to work harder to do so.
Mr Hughes mentioned in a separate post on Facebook that some of the legislators responded positively to the Proportional Electors idea. This is something which the electoral college was designed to accommodate. There are two states, Maine, and Nebraska, which do not follow the winner take all formula.