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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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    19. Myth about Presidential Power

    19.1  MYTH: The President’s powers would be changed by a national popular vote.

    QUICK ANSWER:

  • Because the National Popular Vote compact is state legislation that would not alter the U.S. Constitution, no power that the President possesses under the U.S. Constitution would be enhanced or diminished by it.
  • If it were true that electing the President on a nationwide basis would increase presidential authority, then it would necessarily have to be the case that presidential authority today is hobbled because of the use of the state-by-state winner-take-all rule. We are not aware of any evidence that this is the case today.
  • MORE DETAILED ANSWER:

    The National Popular Vote compact is state legislation. It would not alter the U.S. Constitution. In particular, it would not augment or diminish any power possessed by the President under the U.S. Constitution.

    The National Popular Vote compact would, in effect, make a change in the “district” from which presidential electors are elected. Under current state winner-take-all statutes, state boundary lines define the “districts” used to elect presidential electors. Under the National Popular Vote compact, presidential electors would be elected from a single national “district.” Changing these “district” boundaries would not diminish or augment any power possessed by the President under the U.S. Constitution.

    If it were true that electing the President on a nationwide basis would increase presidential authority, then it would necessarily have to be the case that presidential authority today is hobbled because of the use of the state-by-state winner-take-all rule. We are not aware of any evidence that the power of the Presidency is hobbled by the current system.


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