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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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    Boston Herald
    Salvatore DiMasi backs abolishing Electoral College process in favor of national vote
    The Associated Press
    July 1, 2008

    BOSTON — House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi says he supports an initiative to bypass the Electoral College and guarantee the winner of the popular vote nationally is elected president.

    The "National Popular Vote" initiative is aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2000 election, when Al Gore got the most votes nationwide but George W. Bush put together enough victories in key states to win a majority in the Electoral College.

    DiMasi said the change would take away some of the "quirkiness and nuances" of the election process.

    Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey have already approved the initiative. Critics of the proposal say it could reduce the influence of smaller states.

    The Electoral College is set up by the Constitution to make the final decision on who becomes president. States get one electoral vote for each member of their congressional delegation.

    Under the initiative, states would give their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.


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