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Short Explanation
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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    Common Cause
    Common Cause supports National Popular Vote's proposal for the direct election of the President of the United States.
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    Common Cause supports National Popular Vote's proposal for the direct election of the President of the United States.

    "What makes the National Popular Vote plan particularly promising is how neatly it fits in with American traditions. A century ago it was states that first established women's suffrage and direct election of U.S. Senators. Under the U.S. Constitution it is states that have the power to fix our broken presidential election system."

    — Chellie Pingree, President of Common Cause


    National Popular Vote's plan was announced on February 23, 2006, at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, featuring former Congressmen John Anderson (R-Illinois and Independent presidential candidate) and John Buchanan (R-Alabama), former Senator Birch Bayh (D-Indiana), Common Cause President Chellie Pingree, FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie, National Popular Vote President Barry Fadem, and Dr. John R. Koza, originator of the plan. At that time, National Popular Vote Press released a book by John R. Koza, Barry Fadem, Mark Grueskin, Michael S. Mandell, Robert Richie, and Joseph F. Zimmerman describing the plan entitled Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan For Electing The President By National Popular Vote.


    Common Cause President Bob Edgar moderated the Archibald Cox Lecture in New York City on January 22, 2008, with panelists Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker, Dr. John R. Koza (Chairman of National Popular Vote), and Massachusetts Common Cause Executive Director Pam Wilmot.    [EXTERNAL LINK]

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