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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
11 Enactments
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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    Washington Examiner
    RI Senate backs national popular vote
    The Associated Press
    June 16, 2011

    The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would join the state to a movement to have the U.S. president elected by the national popular vote.

    Eight other states, including Massachusetts and Vermont, have also approved the measure to change the Electoral College system. It would commit a majority of electors to the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide.

    Most states have winner-take-all arrangements in which all of their electoral votes go to the candidate who wins the majority of votes in that state.

    The proposed change would guarantee that the winner of the national popular vote becomes president.

    It would not go into effect unless or until participating states together hold a majority of the Electoral College votes.

    The Rhode Island House is expected to take up the measure soon.


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