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Popular vote disenfranchises New Mexico


To the editor: I’m going to get right to the point, if you’re a NM voter then you’ve been disenfranchised. How?

The recent NM Legislature passed House Bill 55, Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote. Virtually every single southern NM Democrat from Las Cruces/Doña Ana County voted for it.

And with this vote, they acted to “disenfranchise” the voters of NM.

HB55 is part of a national scheme based on the national popular vote to subvert the Electoral College. If NM votes for one candidate, but the popular vote is different, our electoral votes are given away to the popular vote winner. A short explanation the “I Voted” sticker should have read “You’ve been Punked!”

against this scheme is that less populous states such as ours need the Electoral College. In fact, the Electoral College was explicitly included in the Constitution based on the insistence of small states that did not want their power diluted. A former federal judge recently stated that small states particularly would have to be crazy to give their votes away in this effort.

The national popular vote will probably never pass judicial scrutiny, but I think I know why these legislators acted so irrationally. It’s because they don’t like the president, and still can’t respect the outcome of the last election. Irony has no bounds.

Now, for the fun part.

To help challengers to these legislators, I have created a campaign slogan out of many possibilities (GOP please take note): “Bringing your vote back from New York City!”

You remember those “I voted stickers” they give you after you vote?

For the beating that New Mexico voters suffered from this year’s Legislature,

Richard Reynaud Las Cruces