Special elections are coming up in state Senate Districts 16 and 29 and House District 83. Voter’s can find a special voter’s guide produced by Family Council Action Committee at www.ArkansasReport.com.
Candidates were asked how they would have voted on key pieces of legislation from the past legislative session. Their responses are provided on the voter’s guide.
To request free printed copies of the guides to distribute in your area, call 501-375-7000.
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper the U.S. needed to abolish the Electoral College, calling it an “an anachronism that was designed for another time.”
Family Council successfully opposed two efforts to undermine the Electoral College in Arkansas — one in 2007 and another in 2009. Each of these proposals would have awarded Arkansas’ electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote in presidential elections.
The Electoral College keeps major metropolitan areas from running roughshod over rural America. It also forces candidates to consider other parts of the country besides the heavily-populated seaboards.
Below is a video by Dennis Prager about the benefits of the Electoral College.
With another presidential election behind us, many people are once again questioning the wisdom in electing a president through the Electoral College instead of a national popular vote.
Since 1989 the Arkansas Legislature has considered two bills and one resolution attempting to abolish or circumvent the Electoral College.
HJR 1004 of 1989 called on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish the Electoral College.
HB 1703 of 2007 and HB 1339 of 2009 amended the way Arkansas would award its electoral votes by awarding all of Arkansas’ electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the national popular vote.
Ultimately, none of these proposals passed. Other states, like Maine and Nebraska, however, have taken steps to change the way their electoral votes are awarded.
Family Council has always believed it is unwise to meddle with the Electoral College. Below is a video from Dennis Prager’s Pager University highlighting three important things the Electoral College does:
- Protect against the tyranny of the majority.
- Encourage coalition-building.
- Discourage voter fraud.