Mike Kolls (L) for Congress
United States House of Representatives
Texas District #24 -
email - Rep@tx24.us
Restore The Original Electoral College
The original Electoral College of 1789 was brilliant. It:
- Asked The People, via Electors, to nominate Presidential candidates
- Included input from ALL of the Sovereign States
- Ensured Congress could work with the new Chief Executive
- Explained/defended by
Federalist #68 - below
Today’s corrupted "Electoral College":
- Advances the two dominant political parties, NOT We The People
- Focuses campaign efforts on strategic “swing” states
- Does NOT consider Congress’ input
- Emerged because of Amendment XII (1804) and other erosions
Please review Article II of the Constitution of the United States with [original wording within brackets].
In the 2016 Presidential election the Electoral vote was different from the popular vote. This mismatch has previously occurred – 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
The Electoral vote and popular vote have "agreed" 91.2% of the time.
There was no controversy in the 19th century. We followed the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.
Statistics from the 2016 Presidential election are interesting:
(please scan past the inflammatory headline)
- Number of counties won be each candidate nationally… and the respective square-miles
- Number of counties won in New York state by each candidate
- The possibility of four states continually picking the President – without consideration from the other 46 states
Since 1932, voter turnout to Presidential elections has been a disappointing 54.8%. How pathetic!
In my lifetime, the "best" turnout was 1964 at 61.4%. The worst, 1996 at 49.0%.
If half of voters do NOT vote... we should give more weight (amidst this apathy) to a popular vote? This does NOT make sense to me.
AND consider the cost to taxpayers to
- Conduct a nation-wide election - 250,000,000 eligible voters - a popular vote
- Trust 538 Electors and 435 Congressmen - 973 people - the Original Electoral College
Per the Constitution of 1789 and Federalist 68
, the President is appointed by:
- Each state legislature selects Electors equal to the number of US House of Representatives and US Senators - 38 for Texas
- Each Elector chooses two candidates for President - only one may be a resident of the Elector's state
- Each state legislature counts the Electors' votes and sends the total count to the President of the Senate
- The votes are counted in the House of Representatives chamber
- If a candidate has half of all the Electors' votes, and there is not a tie, a President is appointed (by the state legislatures and Electors)
- In the event of a tie, the House of Representatives casts 435 ballots for the two tied candidates
- The candidate receiving the most votes is appointed President
- If there are more than five candidates receiving Elector votes, the top five nominees are selected
- The House of Representatives casts 50 ballots, one vote per state, until a President is appointed
- When a President has been selected, The candidate finishing second is appointed Vice President
- If there a tie for Vice President, then the Senate casts 50 ballots, one vote per state, until a Vice President is appointed
The benefits of reclaiming this brilliant system are:
- ALL States participate in the appointing of a President, not just the high-population states
- $ 5,000,000,000 NOT spent/wasted on Presidential campaign nonsense - less "noise" for citizens
- The plan of 1789 is a much simpler process than a full, national election
- The state legislatures drive the nomination process
- Candidates with state-level accomplishments/notoriety will be nominated for service to the nation
- Electors are unknown to the public, they are not subject to lobbying and other influence peddling
- The President and Vice President, likely being from different factions/parties, will NOT be beholding to the same agenda
- The House of Representatives, in most cases, will select a chief executive they trust and can work well with
- Only require district and state-wide elections
- US House of Representatives (district)
- US Senate (state-wide), 2 of every 3 election cycles... until repeal of Amendment XVII
Life, Liberty, Property!