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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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    Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK, February 25, 2009 — The Arkansas House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB1339) and sent it to the State Senate.

    A survey of 800 Arkansas voters conducted on December 15-16, 2008 showed 80% overall support for a national popular vote for President.      Arkansas 2008 poll

    On March 21, 2007, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill and sent it to the State Senate. . According to an editorial in the Baxter Bulletin, Governor Beebe has said that he will sign the bill if it passes the Senate.      Editorial

    On February 23, the National Popular Vote bill (H1703) (Status of H1703) was introduced in the Arkansas legislature by Representatives Monty Davenport, Joan Cash, David Dunn, Marilyn Edwards, Lenville Evans, Curren Everett, Billy Gaskill, Nathan George, Ray Kidd, Robert Moore, Mike Patterson, Tracy Pennartz, Betty Pickett, J.R. Rogers, Charlotte Wagner, John Paul Wells, David Wyatt, Eddie Cooper, Linda Tyler, and Senators Terry Smith and Ed Wilkinson.    article

    National Popular Vote has the support of 74% of Arkansas voters in an August-September 2005 poll.

    A February 2007 TodaysTHV.com article reports that 76% of 1281 persons participating in a web poll favored the National Popular Vote bill.   poll




    Arkansas Rep. Monty Davenport
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    Arkansas Rep. Joan Cash
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    Arkansas Rep. David Dunn
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    Arkansas Rep. Marilyn Edwards
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    Arkansas Rep. Lenville Evans
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    Arkansas Rep. Curren Everett
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    Arkansas Rep. Billy Gaskill
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    Arkansas Rep. Nathan George
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    Arkansas Rep. Ray Kidd
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    Arkansas Rep. Robert Moore
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    Arkansas Rep. Mike Patterson
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    Arkansas Rep. Tracy Pennartz
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    Arkansas Rep. Betty Pickett
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    Arkansas Rep. J.R. Rogers
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    Arkansas Rep. Charlotte Wagner
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    Arkansas Rep. John Paul Wells
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    Arkansas Rep. David Wyatt
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    Arkansas Senator Terry Smith
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    Arkansas Senator Ed Wilkinson
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    Arkansas Rep. Eddie Cooper
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    Arkansas Rep. Linda Tyler
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    In 1966, Delaware Attorney General David P. Buckson filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Delaware against New York (and other states) concerning the use of the winner-take-all rule in presidential elections. Under the winner-take-all rule (also called the "unit rule" or "general ticket" system), all of a state's electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each separate state. In 1966, Delaware led a group of 12 predominantly low-population states (including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Pennsylvania) in suing New York in the U.S. Supreme Court. In State of Delaware v. State of New York, the plaintiff states argued that New York's use of the winner-take-all rule effectively disenfranchised voters in their states. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case (presumably because of the well-established constitutional provision that the manner of awarding electoral votes is exclusively a state decision). Ironically, the defendant (New York) is no longer an influential closely divided battleground state (as it was in the 1960s). Today, New York suffers the very same disenfranchisement as most of the less populous states because it too has become politically non-competitive. Today, a vote in New York is equal to a vote in Delaware: votes in both are equally irrelevant in presidential elections.

    Under the current system of electing the President, a candidate may win a majority of the Electoral College without having a majority of the nationwide popular vote. The National Popular Vote bill would reform the Electoral College by guaranteeing the Presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia). The bill would enact the proposed interstate compact entitled the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote." The compact would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the membership of the Electoral College (that is 270 of 538 electoral votes). Under the compact, all of the members of the Electoral College from all states belonging to the compact would be from the same political party as the winner of nationwide popular vote. Thus, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) will be guaranteed a majority of the Electoral College, and hence the Presidency. Because the compact guarantees a majority of the Electoral College to the winner of most popular votes nationwide, the compact has the additional benefit of eliminating the possibility that a presidential election might be thrown into the U.S. House of Representatives (with each state casting one vote).


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