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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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    Advisory Board
    John Anderson (R-I–IL)
    Birch Bayh (D–IN)
    John Buchanan (R–AL)
    Tom Campbell (R–CA)
    Tom Downey (D–NY)
    D. Durenberger (R–MN)
    Jake Garn (R–UT)
    What Do You Think
    How should we elect the President?
    The candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states.
    The current Electoral College system.

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    The Federalist Society, 2012 National Lwayers Convention
    The Electoral College vs. The National Popular Vote Plan

    Debate on November 16, 2012, hosted by Federalist Society during the 2012 National Lawyers Convention in Washington involving

    • Mrs. Tara Ross, Author, Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College
    • Dr. John R. Koza, Chairman, National Popular Vote
    • Dr. John S. Baker, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law School
    • Moderator: Hon. David R. Stras, The Supreme Court of Minnesota

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    Fox Business
    Is The Electoral College Outdated?
    The Tom Sullivan Show

    October 20, 2012 — Tom Sullivan of Fox Business interviews Dr. John R. Koza, Chair of National Popular Vote Chair, on October 20, 2012, in New York City.


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    C-SPAN
    CAP Debate 2012

    October 17, 2012 — John Koza and John Samples debated possible changes to the electoral college system.

    Speakers: John Koza, Chairman of National Popular Vote Inc. John Samples, Director, Center for Responsive Government, Cato Institute

    Moderated by: Tara McGuinness


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    American University Washington College of Law
    Is America Ready for a Popularly Elected President?
    April 12, 2012 — American University's Washington College of Law presented a debate on popular election of the President featuring
    • Jamin Raskin, Director of the Law & Government Program, Washington College of Law; Maryland State Senator
    • John R. Koza, Chairman, National Popular Vote and lead author of the book Every Vote Equal
    • John Samples, Director, CATO Institute's Center for Representative Government
    • Tara Ross, author of the book Enlightened Democracy

    The panel discussion hosted by the law school's Program on Law and Government will pit advocates of the National Popular Vote movement against defenders of the current regime or supporters of other proposals.

    The National Popular Vote campaign has reached the milestone of having half of the Electoral College votes pledged necessary to activate the interstate compact. The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States. It has been enacted by states possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate it.


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    The Daily Rundown
    Chuck Todd on The Daily Rundown show
    Dr. John R. Koza
    April 9, 2012 — National Popular Vote Chair John Koza explains how his group's plan would end the electoral college process and change the way we elect a president.

    Sutherland Institute Forum
    Dr. John Koza debates Prof. Michael Uhlmann and Trent England
    January 20, 2012 — The Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah hosted a forum involving Dr. John Koza, Chair of National Popular Vote, Claremont College Professor Michael Uhlmann, and Freedom Foundation vice-president of Policy Trent England. The event is moderated by Sutherland President Paul T. Mero. A description of the National Popular Vote plan by John Koza runs from 6:00 to 23:20 on the video.



    Republican Southern Leadership Conference
    Tom Tancredo Talks about Buying Electoral Votes and Policy Distortions Under Current System
    January 19, 2012 — Former Congressman Tom Tancredo was interviewed by Ben Howe at the Republican Southern Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Cong. Tancredo talks about the buying of electoral votes and policy distortions caused by the current winner-take-all system of electing the President, and his support for National Popular Vote.

    Republican Southern Leadership Conference
    Panel at RSLC on Reforming Electoral College to Reflect National Popular Vote
    January 20, 2012 — The Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina hosted a panel discussions on the merits of the National Popular Vote plan versus the current system. The panel included former Tennessee Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, a champion of National Popular Vote; Tom Golisano, founder of PayChex; former California Senator and former ALEC chair Ray Haynes; John Samples of Cato Institute; Roger Villerie of Louisiana Republican Party; and Hans Von Spakovsky of Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.

    Dole Institute
    Dole Institute Debate on National Popular Vote Bill
    Nov 7, 2011 — Featuring Tara Ross (author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College) and Dr. John R. Koza (Chair of National Popular Vote lead author of Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote) moderated by Bill Lacey (Director of the Dole Institute).

    Cato Institute
    Cato Institute debate on National Popular Vote Bill
    July 8, 2010 — Featuring Tara Ross (author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College) and Dr. John R. Koza (author of Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote) moderated by Roger Pilon (Vice President for Legal Affairs of the Cato Institute).

    [Video, EXTERNAL LINKS:      Quicktime M4V      Podcast MP3 ]

    00:00-05:04 - Introduction by moderator Roger Pilon (5 minutes)
    05:07-09:12 - Opening statement by John Koza (4 minutes)
    11:02-23:13 - Opening statement by Tara Ross (12 minutes)
    23:32-38:06 - Rebuttal by John Koza (15 minutes)
    38:16-46:08 - Rebuttal by Tara Ross(8 minutes)
    46:26-48:07 - Rebuttal by John Koza (2 minutes)
    48:12-48:26 - Back and forth on one election, 51 different laws
    49:00-51:35 - Q&A Duverger's law and two-party system
    51:48-57:00 - Q&A on plurality winner
    57:14-59:42 - John Samples (Cato Institute) statement and question
    59:42-62:07 - Rebuttal
    62:18-65:33 - Q&A on recounts
    65:48-72:24 - Q&A on interstate ompacts and litigation.
    72:44-74:56 - Q&A on rural votes and new coalitions 
    75:07-78:59 - Rob Richie and Tara Ross on 1992 Election and Geoerge Wallace
    

    Hendrik Hertzberg on New Yorker blogs comments on Debating NPV


    Williams Smithers: Just Between Us
    National Popular Vote
    For Santa Barbara Channel 17, Lorrie and Bill interview some of the area’s most interesting people.
    September 7, 2010 — Williams Smithers discusses the National Popular Vote plan, including video commentary from Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard, New Yorker Editor Hendrik Herzberg, and Fair Vote contributors.
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    MeFeedia
    Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker and interview with Dr. John R. Koza
    April 20, 2010
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    American University Washington College of Law
    A Debate on the National Popular Vote Movement
    Caroline Fredrickson, Jamin Raskin, John R. Koza, John Samples, Alexander Belenky
    November 17, 2009 — The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the Program on Law & Government at American University's Washington College of Law presented a debate entitled "Is America Ready for Popular Election of the President? A Debate on the National Popular Vote Movement." The debate featured
    • Moderator, Caroline Fredrickson, Executive Director, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
    • Jamin Raskin, Director of the Law & Government Program, Washington College of Law; Maryland State Senator
    • John R. Koza, Chairman, National Popular Vote
    • John Samples, Director, CATO Institute's Center for Representative Government
    • Alexander Belenky, Visiting Scholar, MIT's Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals

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    Demos.org
    Electoral College Reform: The National Popular Vote Plan for President
    Hendrik Hertzberg, Chris Pearson Rob Richie, Brenda Wright

    November 3, 2009 — "The promoters of a National Popular Vote, as they're calling themselves, have come up with an elegant finesse. Instead of trying to change the Constitution, they propose to apply it, one bit in particular: Article II, Section 1, which instructs each state to "appoint" its Presidential electors "in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct." Here's how the plan would work. One by one, legislature by legislature, state law by state law, individual states would pledge themselves to an interstate compact under which they would agree to award their electoral votes to the nationwide winner of the popular vote. The compact would take effect only when enough states had joined it to elect a President-that is, enough to cast a majority of the five hundred and thirty-eight electoral votes. And then, presto! All of a sudden, the people of all fifty states plus the District of Columbia are empowered to elect their President the same way they elect their governors, mayors, senators, and congressmen. We still have the Electoral College, with its colorful eighteenth-century rituals, but it can no longer do any damage. It becomes a tourist attraction, like the British monarchy."

    - Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker, February 27, 2006

    The Electoral College system as we know it may soon change. Demos and FairVote are proud to present a forum with The New Yorker magazine's Hendrik Hertzberg, National Popular Vote's Chris Pearson and FairVote's Rob Richie to discuss the future of the National Popular Vote initiative.


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    YouTube
    Hendrik Hertzberg
    May 23, 2009 — Hendrik Hertzberg discusses National Popular Vote at White Oak Convention Center
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    YouTube
    Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard Interviewed about National Popular Vote
    May 13, 2008 — Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard on National Popular Vote Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard (former chair of the Du Page Country Republican Party) talks about National Popular Vote bill.
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    C-SPAN
    Cox Lecture on National Popular Vote on C-SPAN
    January 22, 2008 — Common Cause President Bob Edgar moderated the Archibald Cox Lecture in New York City 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.
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    C-SPAN
    Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin on C-SPAN Washington Journal
    January 15, 2008 — Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin discussed National Popular Vote on C-SPAN Washington Journal
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    CNN TV
    A political dinosaur?
    November 23, 2007 — CNN’s Jill Dougherty discusses National Popular Vote
    [Video (3 minutes 19 seconds) EXTERNAL LINK (CNN) | LINK]

    C-SPAN.org
    National Conference of State Legislatures Panel on the Electoral College & the Popular Vote
    August 5, 2007—A panel discussion was held at the recent meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures on the movement to award the Presidency to the candidate winning the most votes in all 50 states. The panel was chaired by New Mexico Representative Edward Sandoval and included Dr. John R. Koza from National Popular Vote, Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin (Chair of the subcommittee that handled the recently enacted National Popular Vote bill in the Maryland House), and John Samples of The Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
    [Video (1 hr 17 min) LINK]

    CNN.com
    Electoral College dropout
    April 10, 2007—Maryland adopts a plan to bypass the Electoral College.
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    Voters Unite
    Electoral College Documentary

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    Snag Films
    Electoral High School

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    Fairvote
    FairVote video on National Popular Vote

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    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    July 30, 2006—Vermont State Representative Chris Pearson interviewed by Editorial Board of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    [Video EXTERNAL LINK]

    California Assembly Concurrence
    AB 2948
    August 30, 2006—SACRAMENTO—The California Assembly Concurrence of the National Popular Vote bill, AB 2948
    [ Video (16:11) 768kbps broadband  |  56kbps dialup ]

    KGO TV
    March 31, 2006—San Francisco—Mark Matthews interviews National Popular Vote President Barry Fadem and Dr. John R. Koza, originator of the plan
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