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The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee a majority of the Electoral College to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote in the Electoral College reflects the choice of the nation's voters for President of the United States.   more
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The National Popular Vote bill has been enacted into law in states possessing 165 electoral votes — 61% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the legislation.

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    The Olympian
    Gay rights foes ready petition
    Deadline: Group scheduled to submit signatures today
    by Brad Sherman
    July 25, 2009

    Backers of a gay-rights repeal measure say it's "too close to call" on filing signatures by today's deadline for qualifying Referendum 71 for the Nov. 3 ballot.

    The Faith and Freedom PAC said in an e-mail Friday that activists hoped to meet the minimum 120,577-signature requirement. But "we do not have an adequate cushion of signatures" to cover those likely to be deemed invalid, the e-mail added.

    "We do plan to turn in the signatures and we do feel we will have a cushion," Gary Randall, leader of the Faith and Freedom Network, added in a second e-mail Friday.

    The group has a 2 p.m. appointment at the Office of the Secretary of State. The Washington Families Standing Together group backed by gay-rights activists has assembled a coalition of more than 100 groups to advocate a yes vote on the measure, if it goes onto the ballot; otherwise the Senate Bill 5688 takes effect Sunday.

    SB 5688 expanded the state's 2-year-old domestic partnership registry by adding the last of 450 state-level rights for registered couples, which include same-sex couples and opposite couples with at least one partner age 62.

    Some of the rights deal with pension benefits, death benefits, sick leave and adoption of a partner's child, but the referendum does not address the more than 1,000 federal rights of married couples.

    Three other referenda were proposed and failed. One was withdrawn. Another, R-72, dealt with requirements for fire-district annexations but fell short, its sponsor Jerry Galland said. He has a court challenge pending against SB 5808, which takes effect Sunday.

    Lastly, R-70 failed to get more than 300 signatures, said sponsor David Anderson. R-70 challenged SB 5599, which puts Washington into a compact with states that award their Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate captures the national popular vote. The compact does not take effect until a majority of electoral votes are in the compact.

    "I think like the Legislature, people are pretty distracted by the economy," Anderson said Friday.


    Reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for President