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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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  • Washington - 12 votes
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  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
  • DC - 3 votes
  • Hawaii - 4 votes
  • New Jersey - 14 votes
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  • New York - 29 votes
  • California - 55 votes

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    Charleston Tea Party
    Good for the Tea Party, Good for the Country
    By Dean Murray, New York State Assemblyman
    Charleston Tea Party
    August 23, 2010

    The Tea Party is the most powerful movement to hit this country in years. We have successfully transformed politics as usual and given voice to the concerns and issues of ordinary taxpayers and working people. As the establishment learned in Massachusetts and in primary elections all over the country, we will be heard.

    However, the long term impact of the Tea Party is threatened by a presidential election process that systematically silences voters throughout the country.

    The 2012 presidential election will leave fully two-thirds of the voters in the country wondering what is happening. When the general election campaign rolls around in the summer and fall of 2012, the presidential candidates, whoever they are, will ignore voters as they focus their campaigns exclusively on the “swing” states. Whether you align yourself with the Tea Party, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, or Greens, whether you are conservative, liberal, or moderate, the candidates and the campaign will pass you by unless you live in one of a handful of states.

    In both 2004 and 2008, candidates spent 98% of their resources in just 15 closely divided “battleground” states. They concentrated over two-thirds of their resources in just six states. Simply put, the millions and millions of dollars spent advertising and polling and visiting and organizing in this small group of states means that their votes are more important than those of us who live in fly over country.

    This marginalization of the majority of our country is why I support and have sponsored the national popular vote legislation. This proposal, once enacted, will guarantee the presidency to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states.

    A vote should be a vote regardless of where it was cast. A voter in Ohio shouldn’t be more important than a voter in Kansas. Miami shouldn’t trump Main Street. Every voter should be heard and every vote should count equally.

    America can make this happen.

    The National Popular Vote bill preserves the Electoral College and the intent of the Constitution. It recognizes that it is the exclusive right of the states, not Congress, the President, or anyone else, to decide how to award their electoral votes. The Constitution makes this perfectly clear under Article II, Section 1.

    The current system that allows vast areas of the country to be completely disregarded during the general election was not one that was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. 48 of the 50 states use the winner-take-all rule for allocating their electoral votes (as opposed to just three states in the first election). Under this rule, the candidate who wins the most popular votes in a given state receives all the electoral votes. As a result, the overwhelming majority of Americans are rendered irrelevant when electing their president because they live in a “safe state” where the Republican or Democrat candidate for President is comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind.

    The National Popular Vote bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes — that is, enough electoral votes to elect a president. When the bill is in effect, all the electoral votes from the states that enacted the bill would be awarded, as a bloc, to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states.

    A national popular vote based on the candidate receiving the most votes in the country would encourage candidates to court voters of every party, in every state and to reach out across our great nation. Candidates would be forced to listen to the concerns of Americans everywhere, not just where it counts politically under today’s system.

    The Tea Party movement is about many things. Perhaps the most important is that our voices and our values be heard by our government. The best way to make that happen in the long term is to make every vote count. A national popular vote for President, where every vote counts and every vote counts equally, assures that no-one will be marginalized or overlooked in the future.

    Assemblyman Dean Murray (Republican & Conservative – New York) was a Tea Party organizer before getting elected in Feb. 2010. He was described by Fox News as the first Tea Party candidate elected in the country.


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