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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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    Albany Times Union
    Let popular vote determine president
    Letter to Editor
    Susan Lerner
    December 9, 2008

    John R. Koza is right to note the substantial anti-democratic flaws and need for reform in our current electoral system ("Ensuring every vote counts,'' Perspective, Nov. 30.) More than 7 in 10 Americans support moving to a system of electing the president using the national popular vote and not through the Electoral College, according to recent Gallup polls. Common Cause/New York supports the bill introduced by state Sen. Kevin Parker (S7277) as a constitutional and practical way for New York to take a step toward implementation of nationwide popular election of the president.

    Our current state-centric system allows some voters to count more than others by fostering the artificial division of "red," "blue'' and "swing" states. Equally problematic, it mutes political participation, especially in electorally "safe" states such as New York.

    The National Popular Vote Bill would enter our state into an "inter-state compact," in which we agree to put our Electoral College votes behind the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of which candidate secures the most votes within New York. By joining with other states in the compact, we will equalize all voters, regardless of their party affiliation or the state they reside in.

    Passing the National Popular Vote proposal is an important long-term step New York should take to reform the way elections are conducted. It should be complemented with other, more immediate election reforms in New York, such as same-day voter registration and early voting.

    New York has everything to gain from the adoption of a National Popular Vote Bill: increased voter turnout; the promise of thriving national campaigns; a chance to get candidates to address state concerns; and, most importantly, more democratic elections.

    Susan Lerner

    Executive Director

    Common Cause/New York


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