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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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    New York joins 'National Popular Vote' compact with 9 other states
    By Judy L. Randall
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    April 15, 2014

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Count New York in.

    The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote.

    "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections," said Cuomo. "By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation's voters, we are ensuring the equality of the votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states."

    Under the winner-take-all system, candidates for president have taken to ignoring states that are reliably Republican or Democratic, like New York, while focusing their attention and resources on a smaller group of battleground or swing states.

    While New York has more than 13 million voters, ranking fourth in the nation, it is last when it comes to presidential spending.

    New York joins the District of Columbia and nine states in signing on to the compact -- including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

    The legislation utilizes New York state's right under the U.S. Constitution to award its 29 electoral votes in any manner it deems appropriate, in this case to the winner of the national popular vote.

    However, it only takes effect once enough other states have signed on so the compact possesses a majority of the Electoral College's 538 votes.

    The compact currently contains 165 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

    A federal constitutional amendment is not required to permit the change.

    Currently, 48 states including New York uses the winner-take-all method in which the winner of the popular vote receives all of its electors.


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