TN legislators show interest in Popular Vote
States like Tennessee are ignored by presidential campaigns, but if the presidency were guaranteed to the candidate with the most votes, it would put Tennessee back in the game, a former Republican lawmaker told members of the State House last Wednesday.
Following remarks by former Republican legislator Ray Haynes of California, House members expressed interest in the Popular Vote Compact and agreed to study it further and revisit the issue later.
Listen to Haynes’ remarks on YouTube, as well as his response to legislators’ questions.
Haynes explained how a popular vote plan fits in with the Constitution and the will of the Founding Fathers.
“The Constitution gave the states three key roles in the federal government: appointment of U.S. Senators, which we lost with the 17th Amendment, redistricting, and the method by which the President of the United States is elected,” Haynes told members of the House State and Local Government Committee.
“It is our solemn responsibility to talk about it and decide whether the method we are using is the best one. The Founders never even mentioned the winner-take-all system we use today in 48 states.”