Schwarzenegger slaps it down

The Governator issued a flurry of vetoes at the end of September, including a bill which will have to be killed in lots of other places:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given California’s electoral votes in presidential elections to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the candidate who captured the state.

The bill could have gone into effect only if states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes (the number now required to win the presidency) agreed to the same process.

Schwarzenegger said the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Umberg, a Democrat, disregards the will of a majority of Californians.

Muses Laura:

I can’t imagine the plan was constitutional, but who knows what the wacky 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might have done. Fortunately the Governor has spared us finding out, at least for now. Assemblyman Tom Umberg is threatening to put the measure on the ballot via the initiative process.

If he does, and if it should actually get on the ballot, I think we in the other 49 states should be allowed to vote on it. It would, after all, be consistent with Umberg’s [lack of] logic.





1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    3 October 2006 · 9:13 am

    Schwarzenegger said the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Umberg, a Democrat, disregards the will of a majority of Californians.

    Darn skippy. In 2004 it would have awarded California’s 55 electoral votes to George W. Bush.

    If you think the Kerry campaign was unhappy about alleged irregularities in Ohio…

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