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HR 10: Supporting the Electoral College and opposing the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote interstate compact.

00                          HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 10                                                                        
01 Supporting the Electoral College and opposing the Agreement Among the States to Elect                                   
02 the President by National Popular Vote interstate compact.                                                              
03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:                                                                         
04       WHEREAS the Constitutional Convention of 1787 established the United States of                                  
05 America founded as a union of states and bound by republican principles of government; and                              
06       WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States protects the rights of the individual                             
07 states by providing numerous checks and balances to thwart the vertical concentration of                                
08 political power in the federal government; and                                                                          
09       WHEREAS the Electoral College established in art. II, sec. 1, Constitution of the                               
10 United States, as well as the Twelfth and Twentieth Amendments to the Constitution of the                               
11 United States, provides an orderly presidential election process that protects the rights and                           
12 interests of the United States Congress, the individual states of the union, and the people of                          
13 the United States; and                                                                                                  
14       WHEREAS AS 15.30, which governs Alaska's process for selecting electors to the                                  
15 Electoral College, represents the collective interests of the citizens of the state; and                                
16       WHEREAS the founding fathers of the United States considered a purely democratic                                
01 government as hostile to liberty, discriminatory against minorities, and governed by a                                  
02 licentious tyranny of the majority; and                                                                                 
03       WHEREAS the Electoral College reflects the founding fathers' strong belief that the                             
04 states should play a pivotal role in electing the President of the United States; and                                   
05       WHEREAS, by requiring candidates to secure a broad coalition of electoral votes, the                            
06 Electoral College discourages candidates from campaigning solely in high population states;                             
07 and                                                                                                                     
08       WHEREAS the Electoral College protects and increases the ability of minorities to                               
09 participate in and influence presidential elections through state elections; and                                        
10       WHEREAS the Electoral College encourages voter turnout by increasing the power                                  
11 of an individual citizen's vote by encouraging participation in state presidential primaries; and                       
12       WHEREAS the Electoral College confines voter fraud to individual states rather than                             
13 the nation as a whole; and                                                                                              
14       WHEREAS the Electoral College encourages moderation and compromise while                                        
15 minimizing the rise of divisive and illiberal factions; and                                                             
16       WHEREAS the United States Congress has rejected more than 700 proposed                                          
17 constitutional amendments related to the Electoral College, including amendments favoring a                             
18 national popular vote; and                                                                                              
19       WHEREAS the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National                                       
20 Popular Vote interstate compact proposes to elect the President of the United States by                                 
21 awarding all electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote; and                                                     
22       WHEREAS the nationalization of the presidential election fundamentally rejects our                              
23 nation's founding principles of federalism and republicanism; and                                                       
24       WHEREAS the proponents of the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President                                 
25 by National Popular Vote interstate compact have expressed their intent to enter into that                            
26 compact without the consent of the United States Congress; and                                                          
27       WHEREAS entering into a compact without the consent of the Congress would                                       
28 clearly violate art. I, sec. 10, Constitution of the United States, and Congress' constitutional                        
29 authority and would, therefore, precipitate a constitutional debate that would not be in the best                       
30 interest of the people of the United States or the individual states; and                                               
31       WHEREAS the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National                                       
01 Popular Vote interstate compact bypasses the proper means of amending the Constitution of                             
02 the United States under art. V, Constitution of the United States, and violates the legitimacy                          
03 of the presidential election process; and                                                                               
04       WHEREAS, by encouraging presidential candidates to focus on large population                                    
05 centers rather than nurturing a broad coalition of large and small state interests, the                                 
06 Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote interstate                                   
07 compact would diminish the interests of the 50 states during the presidential campaign                                
08 process; and                                                                                                            
09       WHEREAS the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National                                       
10 Popular Vote interstate compact would subject the electoral system to a series of potentially                         
11 destabilizing legal challenges because of concerns about the constitutionality of the compact,                          
12 the handling of disputed votes, the enforceability among the states in and outside of the                               
13 compact, voter eligibility, and uncertainty regarding what constitutes a winning majority of                            
14 voters; and                                                                                                             
15       WHEREAS the Electoral College has successfully resolved prior contested                                         
16 presidential elections without diminishing the representation of the people of the United                               
17 States or the individual states;                                                                                        
18       BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives asserts its belief that the                                    
19 Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote interstate                                   
20 compact would detrimentally reduce Alaska's voice in electing the President of the United                             
21 States; and be it                                                                                                       
22       FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives affirms its support of                                       
23 republican principles and the Electoral College as the most prudent means of preserving and                             
24 protecting the rights of all Americans.                                                                                 
25       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-                            
26 President of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable John Boehner,                            
27 Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of                              
28 the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the                                 
29 Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; and the                                   
30 Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the                                          
31 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.