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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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    Legislative Alerts

    8 Iyyar 5768     May 13, 2008

    Action Needed:

    Interstate Compact on National Popular Vote for President


    In Memorium

    The Rev. Dr. Krister Stendahl

    an important voice for justice, interfaith dialogue and peace

    Popular National Vote for Presidency

    Legislation that would allow Massachusetts to enter an Interstate compact on national popular vote is pending. Under this legislation, states would agree that their electoral votes would be cast for the winner of the national popular vote. The impact of this legislation would increase the need for candidates to campaign in all states, since the vote of all states would matter (unlike the present system where only a few states are actually in play. It would also lessen the disproportional weight of the smaller states in the current system. For many years, civil rights groups have been concerned about changes in the electoral college. It had been thought that large cities in the North with large minority populations were important in determining the outcome of significant states. There was also the fear that a Constitutional Convention could open up the opportunities for reckless changes in the Bill of Rights. However, minority groups are less likely today to see advantages of the electoral system since population patterns are different today. And the Interstate Compact proposal does not depend on a national constitutional convention.

    Action Requested:

    JALSA urges calls to the legislature to support H678 and calls to friends in other states where this proposal is pending. For further information, call Common Cause 617-426-9600. ccma@commoncause.org

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