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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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    Legislator Files Presidential Popular Vote Bill
    Associated Press
    February 23, 2007

    An Arkansas legislator has filed a bill calling on other states to adopt a system of electing the president by popular vote.

    The measure filed by Rep. Monty Davenport of Yellville is part of a nationwide campaign by a group trying to do away with the traditional role of the Electoral College.

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    The bill follows the recommendations of the National Popular Vote movement. The bill would have Arkansas join a majority of other states in picking the president by ordering their electors to cast their votes for the winner of the national popular vote for president, regardless of the candidate's results in that state. (See links below picture.)

    Legislatures in North Dakota and Montana have rejected the plan. The Colorado Senate approved the measure last month. The California Legislature endorsed the agreement last year, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it.

    Supporters of the plan say it will guard against a repeat of the 2000 election, in which Republican George W. Bush won the Electoral College vote for president despite losing the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore.

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