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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.

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    Lawmakers seek to change how Utah votes for president
    By Lee Davidson
    February 10, 2012

    Two legislators are pushing bills to change how Utahns help elect the U.S. president — but each would do it in vastly different ways.

    Rep. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, is pushing SB63 for Utah to join a growing compact of states that would pledge to give their Electoral College votes to whoever wins the national popular vote.

    Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, wrote HB509 to let Utahns directly elect the state's six official electors (each state receives one vote for each member of Congress it has). Currently, the party of the winning candidate here chooses the electors. Powell's system could allow splitting Utah's official presidential vote.

    "The way we elect presidents is broken, and it is not what the founders envisioned," Stephenson said.

    He says they never intended that someone could win the popular vote but lose the electoral vote and election — which happened in 2000 with George W. Bush and Al Gore, in 1876 with Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, and 1888 with Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland.

    Stephenson contends that the Electoral College was first formed to choose wise people who could ensure election of a qualified candidate, and it also was a compromise to ensure small states had a little extra voice to ensure they are not overrun by bigger states. He says the Constitution does not require that all of a state's electoral votes go to the candidate who wins the popular vote there, but most states chose to do that over time in the 19th century.

    He blames that winner-takes-all-system for allowing someone to win the popular vote but lose the election, and says it makes candidates cater to 11 swing states to the exclusion of others.

    "People are getting wise to the fact that it doesn't matter how you vote for president in Utah," because its official Electoral College votes will go to the Republican, he said. "But if every vote counted, it would matter — and our voting percentages would increase dramatically."

    His bill would have Utah join a compact that Β­— when enough have joined so that they would have a 270-vote majority of the Electoral College — they would pledge to give their official votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

    Stephenson's bill was supported Friday at a Capitol rally by College Republicans and College Democrats from the University of Utah.

    "If you cast a vote in a non-swing state, no matter which party, your vote doesn't count," said Oakley Gordon, of the College Democrats.

    But the measure has critics.

    "Any Republican student that went [to the rally], doesn't understand it," Enid Mickelsen, Utah's Republican national committeewoman, said. "The National Popular Vote is an attempt to amend the Constitution by doing away with the impact of the Electoral College, without having to go through the bother of amending the Constitution."

    Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, says the intent of the proposal is good, but he doesn't think enough time and thought has been put into it.

    And Powell disputes that the system Stephenson proposes is closer to what the Founding Fathers envisioned. He said his idea is.

    "People would directly vote for our electors. Those electors would then choose whom to vote for," and would not necessarily be bound to any candidate — but they could campaign by pledging to support a specific candidate if they chose.


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