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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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    North Carolina

    RALEIGH, March 7, 2011 — The National Popular Vote bill (SB 639) was introduced in the North Carolina Senate by Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R).

    On April 9, 2009, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in the North Carolina House by Representatives Melanie Wade Goodwin, Alma Adams, Becky Carney, Bruce Goforth, Lorene Coates, Tricia Ann Cotham, Bill Faison, Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Susan C. Fisher, Dewey L. Hill, Darren G. Jackson, Marvin W. Lucas, Paul Luebke, Annie W. Mobley, Earline W. Parmon, William L. Wainwright, Jane Whilden, and Larry Womble (H 1270)

    The bill (S 417) was introduced into the Senate by 16 Senators, led by Senator Daniel G. Clodfelter, and including Senators Doug Berger, Stan Bingham, Charlie Smith Dannelly, Don Davis, Katie G. Dorsett, Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr., Clark Jenkins, Ed Jones, Eleanor Kinnaird, Floyd B. McKissick, Jr., William R. Purcell, Larry Shaw, Richard Stevens, Don Vaughan, and David F. Weinstein.

    On December 18, 2008, a survey of 800 North Carolina voters conducted on December 17-18, 2008 showed 74% overall support for a national popular vote for President.    North Carolina 2008 poll

    On May 14, 2007, the North Carolina Senate passed the National Popular Vote bill. (SB 954) (Status of SB 954)

    On May 7, 2007, the Senate Select Committee on Government and Election Reform approved the bill. The Charlotte Observer article

    Senators Charlie Smith Dannelly, Katie G. Dorsett, Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, and Vernon Malone introduced the National Popular Vote bill (SB 760) in the North Carolina Senate. In addition, Senators Daniel G. Clodfelter and Eleanor Kinnaird have sponsored SB 954.

    Representatives Melanie Wade Goodwin, Pricey Harrison, Melanie Wade Goodwin, Pricey Harrison, Dan Blue, Walter G. Church, Sr., Nelson Cole, Linda Coleman, Bill Faison, Larry D. Hall, Dewey L. Hill, Paul Luebke, Grier Martin, William L. Wainwright, and Jennifer Weiss have introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 1645) in the North Carolina House of Representatives.




    North Carolina Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr.
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    North Carolina Senator Daniel G. Clodfelter
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    North Carolina Senator Eleanor Kinnaird
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    North Carolina Senator Charlie Smith Dannelly
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    North Carolina Senator Katie G. Dorsett
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    North Carolina Senator Vernon Malone
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    North Carolina Rep. Melanie Wade Goodwin
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    North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison
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    North Carolina Rep. Dan Blue
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    North Carolina Rep. Walter G. Church, Sr.
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    North Carolina Rep. Nelson Cole
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    North Carolina Rep. Linda Coleman
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    North Carolina Rep. Bill Faison
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    North Carolina Rep. Larry D. Hall
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    North Carolina Rep. Dewey L. Hill
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    North Carolina Rep. Paul Luebke
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    North Carolina Rep. Grier Martin
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    North Carolina Rep. William L. Wainwright
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    North Carolina Rep. Jennifer Weiss
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    North Carolina Senator Clark Jenkins
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    North Carolina Senator David F. Weinstein
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    North Carolina Senator Don Davis
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    North Carolina Senator Don Vaughan
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    North Carolina Senator Doug Berger
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    North Carolina Senator Ed Jones
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    North Carolina Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.
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    North Carolina Senator Larry Shaw
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    North Carolina Senator Richard Stevens
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    North Carolina Senator Stan Bingham
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    North Carolina Senator William R. Purcell
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    North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams
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    North Carolina Rep. Annie W. Mobley
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    North Carolina Rep. Becky Carney
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    North Carolina Rep. Bruce Goforth
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    North Carolina Rep. Darren G. Jackson
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    North Carolina Rep. Earline W. Parmon
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    North Carolina Rep. Jane Whilden
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    North Carolina Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield
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    North Carolina Rep. Larry Womble
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    North Carolina Rep. Lorene Coates
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    North Carolina Rep. Marvin W. Lucas
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    North Carolina Rep. Susan C. Fisher
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    North Carolina Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
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    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