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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
11 Enactments
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.

  • Maryland - 10 votes
  • Massachusetts - 11
  • Washington - 12 votes
  • Vermont - 3 votes
  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
  • DC - 3 votes
  • Hawaii - 4 votes
  • New Jersey - 14 votes
  • Illinois - 20 votes
  • New York - 29 votes
  • California - 55 votes

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    By Charles Ward
    February 2, 2012—The National Popular Vote movement is starting to gain attention in Alaska, following a hearing on Senate Bill 39 which would, if passed and signed, commit Alaska's three electoral ...
    PEIRCE: It is time for states to cast ballot for National Popular Vote
    By Neal Peirce
    January 14, 2012—Newspapers, the airwaves and the blogosphere are already delivering 24/7 news and speculation focused on the 2012 presidential campaign. But in the end, will we get ...
    Time to rethink the way we vote for presidents
    By Steve Kraske
    June 25, 2011—You can’t call it a tsunami yet. But there’s definitely momentum building behind one of those rare movements that grabs seemingly equal numbers of ...
    Popular-vote bill lifts California
    By Tom Elias
    June 14, 2011—Millions of Americans believed all through his presidency that George W. Bush never deserved to hold that office — regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court ...
    For 2012, we can solve the problem of the Electoral College
    By Bob Keeler
    June 1, 2011 —The elections of 1960 and 2000 fill the nightmares of our two major parties with visions of voter fraud and voter suppression. Too bad they don't think more about the elections of 1824, ...
    In America, winners should never lose
    By John Laird
    April 24, 2011 —Vermont last week became the latest state to join the drive for a popularly elected president. The little state with just three electoral votes ...
    Making California relevant to presidential campaigns:
    A bipartisan bill in the California Legislature would require the state to sign an interstate compact obligating each signatory state to cast all its electoral votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
    By George Skelton
    Capitol Journal
    April 14, 2011 —When Republican Mitt Romney kicked off his presidential campaign Monday, he did it using a New Hampshire football field as the backdrop.
    A vote for a popular vote for president
    By John Baer
    April 14, 2011 —PRESIDENT OBAMA'S recently announced re-election bid starts grabbing serious dough today at three fundraisers in Chicago, one featuring NBA Bulls star and ...
    Flunking out of the Electoral College
    By Scot Lehigh
    June 2, 2010 —Today, the Massachusetts House can do its part to nudge the United States out of the 18th century, where the country still lingers when it comes to its most pivotal ...
    Representative democracy: Two steps forward
    By John Burbank
    May 13, 2009—Our state legislators spent most of their time bemoaning the economy and the deficit, and undermining public services this year. But even amid the wreckage, they managed ...
    National Popular Vote: What a concept, the presidential candidate with the most votes wins
    by Rick Attig
    May 2, 2009—Slowly, steadily, this country is moving toward a better, fairer way of electing a president.
    Let’s shut this college down
    By Tom Crawford
    December 27, 2008—It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome ...
    The American Debate: Electoral College is not a system for a democracy
    By Dick Polman
    December 7, 2008—I spoke to a lot of audiences during the recent election season, and invariably someone would stand up and ask whether I thought we should ditch the Electoral College and choose ...
    Skewed Electioneering Could Be Fixed
    By Neal Peirce
    November 2, 2008—It’s happening again. Some of us live in states jumping with candidate visits and presidential election season excitement. But in others visits and attention are ...
    When winner takes all, we lose: Fix electoral college now
    By Bill Hammond
    October 28, 2008—No matter who wins the presidential election next week, it's already clear who lost: the 8.6 million voters of New York State.
    John Baer: It's time to rethink primaries and let democracy rise
    By John Baer
    June 11, 2008—I HAVE TO CONFESS. The presidential primary season that just ended hit me — a practicing political cynic — as a remarkable bit of democracy. We had a winter and spring of record ...
    Commentary: Popular Vote
    By Lee Cullum
    May 9, 2008—If there's one thing this country needs this year it is a clear winner in the presidential election. Nerves are too raw, given the bank-and-housing crisis, plus the wars in Iraq and ...
    A better way to elect a president
    By Scot Lehigh
    May 6, 2008—IF THERE’S one constitutional idea whose time has come and gone, it’s the Electoral College. That arrangement for electing a president is a throwback to a different age, designed ...
    A One-of-a-Kind Rube Goldberg Election Machine
    By Peter Schrag
    February 5, 2008—It's Super Tuesday, the pinnacle of what's now surely the most cockamamie election nonsystem ever devised by the mind of man (and woman, too, if you insist). Voters in California ...
    Dropping Out of Electoral College
    By Martha Biondi
    December 31, 2007—A Stanford University computer scientist named John Koza has formulated a compelling and pragmatic alternative to the Electoral College. It’s called National ...
    Electoral College is past its prime
    By Joel Connelly
    November 20, 2007—WHEN A PRESIDENT is elected after losing the popular vote, and installed by U.S. Supreme Court fiat, it's high time for this country to reform its archaic Electoral College ...
    A simple reform: Count all votes
    By Martin Dyckman
    August 27, 2007—The Republicans thought it was a bad idea when Gov. Lawton Chiles proposed in 1991 to split Florida's presidential electors by congressional districts, as Maine and Nebraska ...
    Comment: Pile Up
    by Hendrik Hertzberg
    April 16, 2007—Over the past few months, the constitution of the United States has been quietly amended. We’re not talking here about the written, capital-“C” Constitution, which can’t be ...
    In voting to end electoral college, Maryland dares to go where Schwarzenegger wouldn't
    George Skelton
    April 12, 2007—The governor of Maryland did Tuesday what the governor of California should have done last fall: sign a bill making his state the first to begin junking the electoral ...
    Bypassing the Electoral College
    By E. J. Dionne Jr.
    April 2, 2007—"The individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States. . . . "  That is not some reactionary piece of ...
    Dump the electoral college: There's no good reason to keep a silly system that makes the second-place finisher president
    By Jonathan Chait
    October 15, 2006—The electoral college is an integral part of our democratic system. So you'd think there would have to be some decent reasons why we keep it around. But, for the life of me, I ...
    Capitol Journal: Governor Can Help to Make Every Vote Count
    By George Skelton
    September 21, 2006—In a previous incarnation, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a self-described reformer and champion of direct democracy. That worked fine for him one year, but was a disaster the ...
    Electoral Vote Reform: Is It an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
    By Louis Jacobson
    May 10, 2006—It isn’t often that an electoral-mechanics issue gets wide public attention, but a recent proposal to shift the nation’s complicated but well-entrenched Electoral College system to a national ...
    Electoral tinkering
    By John Fortier
    March 22, 2006—What if they amended the Constitution but didn’t ask Congress? That is just what some opponents of the Electoral College want to do. And there is nothing wrong ...
    Electoral College Drop-Out: A new proposal aims to circumvent the Electoral College and return the franchise to most of America’s voters
    By Andrew Gumbel
    March 9, 2006—A new proposal aims to circumvent the Electoral College and return the franchise to most of America’s voters.
    At long last: A truly fair popular presidential vote?
    By Neal R. Peirce
    March 5, 2006—Ever since the 1960s, when I wrote a book optimistically titled The People's President — I've been intrigued, and frustrated, by the Electoral College. How could we stick with a system that ...
    Comment: Count ‘Em
    By Hendrik Hertzberg
    February 27, 2006—Last Thursday morning, in one of the smaller function rooms at the National Press Club, in Washington, an ad-hoc bunch of amateurs, once-weres, might-bes, and goo-goos floated ...

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