This might be coming to your state!!
HB1339 will go to the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, Tuesday, March 3. This is probably the last place to stop this bill. This bill would "pledge” Arkansas' six electoral votes to an "interstate compact" with other states if they pass similar legislation, awarding Arkansas' electoral votes NOT to the candidate who won the state, but to the candidate who won the most votes nationwide.
In the last presidential election, the people of Arkansas voted in the majority (58.72%) for John McCain, 8.86% voted for Barack Obama and 2.42% voted for other people. Arkansas casts its Electoral College votes for John McCain in accordance with the majority vote. However, under the proposed bill, the Electoral College votes would have been awarded to Barack Obama because he won California, New York and other highly populated states.
It appears that many of our legislators are ignorant of the wisdom of our forefathers who established the Electoral College. Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) who is a political scientist at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, said it was "Civics 101" that Arkansas would be giving up some of its advantage by entering into the compact, which will take effect when states possessing 270 electoral votes have enacted the law. If Arkansas voted for a candidate who lost the popular vote nationwide, Clemmer said, the legislation would require the state, in effect, to tell voters: "We voted to ignore what you said."
If the Senate now votes for the bill, Governor Beebe said he will sign the bill. This proposed action has been one of the major action items at the Democratic National Committee and Gov. Beebe is to tied to the DNC and therefore will not protect the people of Arkansas. Please contact your State Senators and ask them to protect the voice of Arkansas by voting NO on HB1339.
Senate phone number: 501-682-2902