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Tom Golisano

Entrepreneur Tom Golisano Endorses National Popular Vote

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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    Dr. John R. Koza – Chairman
    John R. Koza received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1972. He published a board game involving Electoral College strategy in 1966. From 1973 through 1987, he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Scientific Games Inc. where he co-invented the rub-off instant lottery ticket used by state lotteries. In the 1980s, he and attorney Barry Fadem were active in promoting adoption of lotteries by various states through the citizen-initiative process and state legislative action. Between 1988 and 2003, he taught a course on genetic algorithms and genetic programming between 1988 and 2003 at Stanford University, where he was a consulting professor. He is lead author of the book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote and originator of the National Popular Vote legislation.

    Tom Golisano

    American businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano is the Founder and Chairman of Paychex, the nation's second largest payroll and human resource company which employs more than 12,000 people in the United States and Germany. Paychex has frequently been ranked among Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For," and was listed on the magazine’s list of America’s 1,000 largest companies in 2007. Mr. Golisano served as CEO of Paychex from its inception in 1971 until 2004.

    In 1985, Mr. Golisano created the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to supporting programs for those with developmental disabilities. Today, the Foundation is a proactive partner with providers, organizations and the community, awarding grants to those dedicated to providing opportunities and support for people with developmental disabilities. Over the years Mr. Golisano has been a generous benefactor to numerous hospitals and universities.

    A resident of Naples, Florida, Mr. Golisano was known for his advocacy of reform in New York State government. In 1994, he was the Co-Founder of the Independence Party of New York and ran as its party’s gubernatorial candidate. In 2003 when the NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres, experienced severe economic difficulties, Mr. Golisano stepped in to purchase the franchise insuring the team’s home remained in Western New York.

    Mr. Golisano has often been recognized for his entrepreneurial, civic and philanthropic achievements and endeavors. He holds several honorary degrees and was listed among the Forbes top 10 bosses in the U.S. for three consecutive years.

    Barry Fadem – President
    Barry F. Fadem is a partner in the law firm of Fadem & Associates in Lafayette, California. He specializes in all aspects of campaign and election law, and provides expert consultation in the area of initiatives and referendums. He is co-author of the book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote with John R. Koza, Mark Grueskin, Michael S. Mandell, Robert Richie, and Joseph F. Zimmerman.

    Chris Pearson – Secretary
    Chris Pearson was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy in the Vermont House of Representatives in 2006. In November 2006, he won election to the House for a two-year term, where served on the House Government Operations Committee. In 2005, he was Director of the Presidential Election Reform program at Fair Vote (formerly the Center for Voting and Democracy).

    Stephen M. Silberstein

    Stephen M. Silberstein founded (in 1978), and served as the first President of, Innovative Interfaces Inc., the world's leading supplier of computer software for the automation of college and city libraries. Innovative's software is used by libraries in almost every state of the U.S. and in 40 other countries around the world. Mr. Silberstein sold his interest in the company in 2001 and now devotes his time to philanthropic and civic matters.

    Previous to founding Innovative, Steve worked in the administration of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught in the Computer Science Department. He is a life member of the American Library Association and serves on the boards of Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, The University of California Berkeley Foundation, and the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.

    Steve is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in economics and a Master's degree in library science. He has also earned a Master's degree in econometrics from the University of Stockholm in Sweden.


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