Having won back the state legislature, Virginia Democrats are wasting no time disenfranchising Republican voters.
Democrats in the commonwealth gave the movement to abolish the Electoral College a jolt on Tuesday when they passed a bill to award the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections, The Hill reported. The move comes amid a furious push by Virginia Democrats, including Gov. Ralph Northam, to pass a host of leftist policies, including a strict gun control agenda.
Virginia Dems make their move
The Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 177 in a 51–46 vote on Tuesday. If signed into law, the bill would add Virginia to a compact of states that are seeking to abolish or limit the influence of the Electoral College, called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
The compact would award Virginia’s electoral votes to the nationwide popular vote winner, rather than the statewide winner. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia are already part of the compact, which would not go into effect until it gains the support of an electoral majority of votes, 270.
“Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” a bill summary states. “The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact.”
The Electoral College
Efforts to abolish or mitigate the effect of the Electoral College have picked up steam ever since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election without winning the popular vote. Numerous Democratic candidates for the presidency have since pledged to abolish the institution, saying it gives too much representation to rural parts of the country with low populations.
But the institution’s defenders argue that it was created to ward off precisely the scenario Democrats envision, in which a handful of highly urbanized areas would form a majoritarian tyranny over rural, less populous areas. Legislators in Virginia riffed on some of those arguments as they sparred over H.B. 177, The Washington Times reported.
“Virginia currently assigns its electors to reflect the opinions of voters in the Commonwealth, and this bill might as well have an amendment stating that our electors will be chosen by the state of California,” Republican Delegate Israel O’Quinn said in a statement, according to the Times. “Virginians should choose who gets Virginia’s 13 electoral votes — not a handful of large states.”
An appetite for tyranny
The bill is just another sign of an appetite among Virginia Democrats to use their newfound power to radically transform the Constitution. Since taking back both houses of the state legislature in November, Democrats in the commonwealth have pursued sweeping restrictions on gun rights, among other measures.
The Virginia House approved a ban on “assault weapons” on Tuesday, The Hill reported, and a raft of gun control bills implementing universal background checks and so-called “red flag” regulations have already made progress in the state legislature, according to ABC News.
Gov. Northam and his fellow Democrats’ agenda spurred a massive Second Amendment protest in Richmond last month, which ended peacefully. Concerned citizens have also agitated for the creation of Second Amendment “sanctuaries” throughout the commonwealth.
But whether Virginia Dems are successful in this push or not, they’re clearly giving the country a taste of what happens when liberals get a total hold on power — and it’s not a pretty sight.