H.B. 652, Simple, but VERY Dangerous!
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, February 16, 2018 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
H.B. 652 might sound like a ho-hum bill about a ho-hum issue, but it’s not. It would remove Georgia law requiring the Secretary of State to keep up with Georgia electors to the Electoral College.
The Electoral College was part of the Great Compromise between big states and little states when the 13 colonies were transformed into a constitutional republic, and it’s as necessary today as it was then.
The Electoral College allows all states, regardless of size, to be players in the national process of electing the president and vice president. Each state is allotted electors in the Electoral College according to its congressional delegation, that’s comprised of two senators, plus the state’s allotted number of U.S. representatives. That process assures equal representation. Since Georgia has two senators and 16 U.S. House members, Georgia has 18 electors in the Electoral College and they vote every four years.
Having the Electoral College meant only Florida votes had to be recounted in the 2000 election. Without the Electoral College, other states could have demanded recounts. But, this might be thebest reason for having the Electoral College: The Electoral College is the only function of national government that is performed outside of Washington, and no senator, representative, or other federal official is allowed to be an elector in the Electoral College. Continue reading