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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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    35. Myth That National Popular Vote Is Unpopular

    35.1  MYTH: National Popular Vote is being imposed without the consent of the majority of Americans.

    QUICK ANSWER:

  • The National Popular Vote compact would go into effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the votes in the Electoral College.
  • The compact thus represents a majority of Americans using the metric established in the Constitution for representing the people in presidential elections, namely the Electoral College.
  • Numerous polls conducted by different polling organizations over a number of years, using a variety of different wordings of questions, all report high levels of support for a national popular vote.
  • MORE DETAILED ANSWER:

    Hans von Spakovsky has stated:

    “National Popular Vote Inc., … one of California’s lesser-known advocacy organizations, want[s] to ‘scratch off’ the Electoral College—without getting the consent of the majority of Americans.” [616] [Emphasis added]

    The National Popular Vote compact would go into effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the votes in the Electoral College.

    The compact would thus represent a majority of Americans using the very metric established in the Constitution for representing the people in presidential elections, namely the Electoral College.

    Public opinion has supported nationwide popular election of the President for over six decades by overwhelming margins. Section 7.1 presents numerous polls conducted over a number of years by many different polling organizations, using a variety of different wordings of questions, and all of them report high levels of support for a national popular vote.

    Recent state-level polls show a high level of public support for a national popular vote in battleground states, small states, Southern states, border states, and elsewhere. [617]

  • Alaska–70%,
  • Arizona–67%,
  • Arkansas–80%,
  • California–70%,
  • Colorado–68%,
  • Connecticut–74%,
  • Delaware–75%,
  • District of Columbia–76%,
  • Florida–78%,
  • Kentucky–80%,
  • Idaho–77%,
  • Iowa–75%,
  • Maine–77%,
  • Massachusetts–73%,
  • Michigan–73%,
  • Minnesota 75%,
  • Mississippi–77%,
  • Missouri–70%,
  • Montana–72%,
  • Nebraska–67%,
  • Nevada–72%,
  • New Hampshire–69%,
  • New Mexico–76%,
  • New York–79%,
  • North Carolina–74%,
  • Ohio–70%,
  • Oklahoma–81%,
  • Oregon–76%,
  • Pennsylvania–78%,
  • Rhode Island–74%,
  • South Carolina–71%,
  • South Dakota–75%,
  • Tennessee–83%,
  • Utah–70%,
  • Vermont–75%,
  • Virginia–74%,
  • Washington–77%,
  • West Virginia–81%,
  • Wisconsin–71%, and
  • Wyoming–69%.

  • 616 Detailed reports on the polls, including the cross-tabs, are available on the web site of National Popular Vote at http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/pages/polls.php.

    617 Dobracki, Thaddeus. The Morning Call. September 21, 2012. http://discussions.mcall.com/20/allnews/mc-electoral-college-madonna-young-yv--20120920/10?page=2.

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