Good news for the Electoral College in South Dakota! Since my post this morning, the National Popular Vote legislation has been defeated in that state. I mentioned that NPV is trying a new “Tea Party” approach to selling its bill in some red states. The strategy appeared to be working in South Dakota, at first. But by this morning, NPV’s arguments were ringing increasingly hollow with legislators from the state. Even the sponsor of the bill backed off his support, asking the Senate State Affairs Committee to table the legislation during a hearing on the matter this morning. NPV appears to be dead for the session.
— Tara Ross is the author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College.