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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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    Connecticut

    HARTFORD, March 7, 2014 — The Connecticut Government Administration & Elections Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill (HB 5126; status of bill) by a 9–4 vote.

    The National Popular Vote bill (HB 5126) is sponsored by:

    • Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, 130th Dist.
    • Rep. Ed Jutila, 37th Dist.
    • Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, 3rd Dist.
    • Sen. Eric D. Coleman, 2nd Dist.
    • Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, 18th Dist.
    • Sen. Edward Meyer, 12th Dist.
    • Sen. Steve Cassano, 4th Dist.
    • Sen. Anthony J. Musto, 22nd Dist.
    • Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, 18th Dist.
    • Rep. Matthew Lesser, 100th Dist.
    • Rep. David W. Kiner, 59th Dist.
    • Rep. Chris Perone, 137th Dist.
    • Rep. Brandon L. McGee, 5th Dist.
    • Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, 3rd Dist.
    • Rep. Edwin Vargas, 6th Dist.
    • Rep. Henry J. Genga, 10th Dist.
    • Rep. Roberta B. Willis, 64th Dist.
    • Rep. Juan R. Candelaria, 95th Dist.
    • Rep. Christopher A. Wright, 77th Dist.
    • Rep. Angel Arce, 4th Dist.
    • Rep. Timothy R. Bowles, 42nd Dist.
    • Rep. Bruce V. Morris, 140th Dist.
    • Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, 38th Dist.
    • Rep. Matthew Ritter, 1st Dist.
    • Rep. Geoff Luxenberg, 12th Dist.
    • Rep. Gregory Haddad, 54th Dist.
    • Rep. Larry B. Butler, 72nd Dist.
    • Rep. Diana S. Urban, 43rd Dist.
    • Rep. Peter A. Tercyak, 26th Dist.
    • Rep. Theresa W. Conroy, 105th Dist.
    • Rep. Robert Sanchez, 25th Dist.
    • Rep. Charles D. Clemons, 124th Dist.
    • Rep. John "Jack" F. Hennessy, 127th Dist.
    • Rep. Kevin Ryan, 139th Dist.
    • Rep. Charlie L. Stallworth, 126th Dist.
    • Rep. James Albis, 99th Dist.
    • Rep. Frank N. Nicastro, 79th Dist.
    • Rep. Douglas McCrory, 7th Dist.
    • Rep. Linda A. Orange, 48th Dist.
    • Rep. David Alexander, 58th Dist.
    • Rep. Joe Diminico, 13th Dist.
    • Rep. Bob Godfrey, 110th Dist.
    • Rep. John K. Hampton, 16th Dist.

    On March 15, 2013, the Government Administration and Elections Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill (Raised Bill SB432). Status of bill

    Co-Sponsors of Raised Bill 432 include (as of April 4, 2013), Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, Rep. Gregory Haddad, Rep. Roberta B. Willis, Rep. Peter A. Tercyak, Rep. Brandon L. McGee, Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, Rep. Joe Diminico, Rep. Brian H. Sear, Rep. Matthew Lesser, Rep. Kevin Ryan, Rep. Bob Godfrey, Rep. Geoff Luxenberg, Rep. John "Jack" F. Hennessy, Rep. Edwin Vargas, Rep. Toni E. Walker, Rep. Larry B. Butler, Rep. James Albis, Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, Sen. Steve Cassano, Sen. Edward MeyerSen. Andres Ayala, and Sen. Eric D. Coleman.

    On February 25, 2013, the Government Administration and Elections Committee held hearings on the National Popular Vote bill. Testimony was provided by:

    On January 25, 2012, Connecticut State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann writes in CTNewsJunkie that "Rep. John Hetherington's recent criticisms of the initiative … are so flawed that it's hard to know where to start."

    On April 2, 2011, the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6331  Status of bill) was approved by the Government, Administration, and Elections (GAE) Committee by a bipartisan 10–5 vote. The bill was introduced by Rep. Andrew Fleischmann.

    On May 15, 2009, a survey of 800 Connecticut voters conducted on May 14-15, 2009 showed 74% overall support for the idea that the President of the United States should be the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. Voters were asked:

    "How do you think we should elect the President: Should it be the candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states, or the current Electoral College system?"

    Then, voters asked a second question that emphasized that Connecticut's electoral votes would be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote in all 50 states, not Connecticut, vote. In this second question, 68% of Connecticut voters favored a national popular vote.

    "Do you think it more important that Connecticut's electoral votes be cast for the presidential candidate who receives the most popular vote in Connecticut, or is it more important to guarantee that the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states becomes president?"

    May 2008 Connecticut poll

    On May 12, 2009, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6437). The Connecticut House is the 28th state legislative chamber in the country to pass the National Popular Vote bill. The bill now goes to the Connecticut Senate.


    State Representative James Spallone speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009


    State Representative Thomas Drew speaking in favor of the National Popular Vote on May 12, 2009

    On March 25, 2009, the Committee on Government Administration and Elections reported the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6437) with a recommendation that the bill ought to pass.

    On January 25, 2009, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in the Connecticut legislature by Representatives Thomas J. Drew, Andrew Fleischmann, James F. Spallone, Diana S. Urban, Christopher L. Caruso, Andres Ayala, Charles Clemons, Jr, Christopher A. Wright, Demetrios Giannaros, Ed Jutila, Gerald Fox, III, Joe Mioli, John F. Hennessy, John W. Thompson, Juan R. Candelaria, Louis P. Esposito, Jr, Peter F. Villano, Richard F. Roy, Russell Morin, Stephen Fontana, Vickie Orsini Nardello, Matthew Lesser, Marie-Lopez Kirkley-Bey, Ezequiel Santiago, and Ernest Hewett and Senator Edith G. Prague.      HB 5016      Status of HB 5016      Connecticut Post article

    A survey of 797 Connecticut voters conducted April 19-20, 2008 showed 73%-27% support for a national popular vote for President.      See poll results

    On February 12, 2007, Connecticut State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 6000) (Status of HB6000) into the Connecticut House for the 2007 session. Representative Thomas J. Drew also introduced a bill (HB 6018) (Status of HB6018).     Hartford Courant editorial     Westport News and FairField Citizen News editorial




    Connecticut Rep. Andrew Fleischmann
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    Connecticut Rep. Thomas Drew
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    Connecticut Rep. Christopher L. Caruso
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    Connecticut Rep. Michael P. Lawlor
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    Connecticut Rep. David McCluskey
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    Connecticut Rep. Jim O'Rourke
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    Connecticut Rep. James Field Spallone
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    Connecticut Rep. Diana S. Urban
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    Connecticut Rep. Andres Ayala
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    Connecticut Rep. Charles Clemons, Jr
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    Connecticut Rep. Christopher A. Wright
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    Connecticut Rep. Demetrios Giannaros
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    Connecticut Rep. Ed Jutila
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    Connecticut Rep. Ezequiel Santiago
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    Connecticut Rep. Gerald Fox, III
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    Connecticut Rep. James F. Spallone
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    Connecticut Rep. Joe Mioli
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    Connecticut Rep. Jack F. Hennessy
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    Connecticut Rep. John W. Thompson
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    Connecticut Rep. Marie-Lopez Kirkley-Bey
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    Connecticut Rep. Matthew Lesser
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    Connecticut Rep. Richard F. Roy
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    Connecticut Rep. Russell Morin
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    Connecticut Rep. Stephen Fontana
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    Connecticut Rep. Vickie Orsini Nardello
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    Connecticut Senator Edith G. Prague
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    Connecticut Rep. Ernest Hewett
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    Connecticut Senator Andrew Maynard


    Connecticut Senator Gary D. LeBeau


    Connecticut Senator Steve Cassano


    Connecticut Rep. James Albis
    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