HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 1
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HJM001.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
ELECTORAL COLLEGE - Stating findings of the Legislature recognizing the
merits of the Electoral College system in presidential elections and
requesting that Congress make no amendments or other modifications to the
Electoral College system.
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02/16 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate
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To Secretary of State
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session - 2001
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 1
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A JOINT MEMORIAL
2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS
3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF
4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.
5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the
6 State of Idaho assembled in the First Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho
7 Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
8 WHEREAS, the Founding Fathers, through deliberation and compromise,
9 devised the Electoral College to answer the nation's need for an effective
10 voting mechanism in the presidential selection process; and
11 WHEREAS, the Electoral College, as provided for in the Constitution of the
12 United States, provides for a proper system of checks and balances in the
13 election of presidents and vice presidents; and
14 WHEREAS, the Electoral College prevents any one region of the nation from
15 dominating a presidential election; and
16 WHEREAS, the Electoral College ensures that the interests of the voters of
17 every state, including smaller and rural states, are represented in a presi-
18 dential election; and
19 WHEREAS, the Electoral College ensures that the will of the majority is
20 carried out while guaranteeing that the voices of this nation's minorities are
21 heard; and
22 WHEREAS, the Electoral College is based upon republican principles which
23 provide the foundation for this nation's constitutional system; and
24 WHEREAS, any attempt to modify the current Electoral College would jeopar-
25 dize a secure system which has been effective for over two hundred years in
26 providing for a peaceful transition of presidential power.
27 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
28 of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
29 Senate concurring therein, that no amendments or other modifications be made
30 to the Electoral College system and that the Electoral College be continued in
31 its present form for all future presidential elections.
32 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
33 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this
34 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre-
35 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the
36 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this memorial to the United States Congress is to
advise the Congress that this Great State of Idaho, its Governor,
and its Legislature strongly object to any efforts to put forth any
bill that would remove the Electoral College votes from the states
and the United States Constitution.
No fiscal impact.
Contact: Rep. R.J. "Dick" Hanwood
Idaho House of Representatives
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM