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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.

  • 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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    Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Supports Federal Constitutional Amendment for Direct Election of the President and Passage by State Legislatures of the National Popular Vote Bill
    July 17, 2008

    Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has introduced a federal constitutional amendment for a national popular vote. Senator Nelson also supports passage of the National Popular Vote bill by state legislatures as reported by an article in the Tampa Tribune (June 14, 2008):

    Nelson acknowledged it will be difficult to achieve the constitutional amendment necessary to abolish the Electoral College, because small states will oppose it.

    To "speed things along," he also recommends the move for "national popular vote" legislation in each state. According to the movement's Web site, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland have passed it.

    Under that legislation, a state agrees to give its electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, regardless of the outcome in the state.

    The legislation specifies that it won't take effect until states representing a total of 270 electoral votes, a majority in the Electoral College, have passed it, agreeing to abide by the national vote. That would guarantee the national vote winner becomes president.


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