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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.

  • 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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    Hough sponsors bill in favor of presidential election by popular vote
    by Roseann Moring
    April 19, 2011

    JEFFERSON CITY — The House Elections Committee heard a bill from Rep. Lincoln Hough, R–Springfield, that would move the country toward electing a president by popular vote.

    Representatives from National Popular Vote told the committee that the bill would give each person more of a say in presidential elections, particularly voters in states that are not considered battleground states.

    "We're talking about entire states being ignored," said Tom Galisano, a spokesman for the national campaign.

    But opponents say the bill would lead presidential candidates to focus on large population areas and the founders of the country specifically chose to make the country a republic rather than a democracy.

    The bill also encountered opposition from several committee members.

    Hough said he learned of the idea from constituents, and he contacted the organization pushing the issue.

    "Don't you think it should be fair and equitable nationally?" he said.

    He doesn't expect the bill to move forward this session.


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