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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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    Denver Post
    Affairs of State
    Vote plan gains popularity
    By Julia C. Martinez
    Denver Post Editorial Board Member
    March 20, 2006

    Electing the president by popular vote is an idea whose time might be just around the corner.

    Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon is getting behind an innovative national effort to revamp the current system, but without getting rid of the Electoral College. A bill Gordon plans to introduce this week proposes to have Colorado join a compact of states that would pledge to award their electoral votes to the nationwide winner of the popular vote. The Illinois legislature is considering a similar proposal, which is being pushed by the bipartisan coalition National Popular Vote.

    Polls have shown consistently over the last half-century that the majority of Americans favor direct elections. While the winner of the electoral vote historically has been the winner of the popular vote, it's not always the case, as we saw in 2000. It's an idea worthy of the legislature's consideration.

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