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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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    Philadelphia Daily News
    A vote for a popular vote for president
    By John Baer
    April 14, 2011

    PRESIDENT OBAMA'S recently announced re-election bid starts grabbing serious dough today at three fundraisers in Chicago, one featuring NBA Bulls star and potential league MVP Derrick Rose.

    I assume that the message is Keep Hoops Alive.

    Mitt Romney filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, stating his intent to explore another presidential candidacy.

    This provides him a platform to pitch "states' rights" as the reason he'd repeal a national health-care law that mirrors in many ways a law that he enacted as Massachusetts governor five years ago.

    Y'all know what "states' rights" evokes.

    Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party, partners in oh-so-many-ways, are partnering to sponsor the first GOP debate just three weeks from today.

    Point is, the 2012 election is off and, well, walking.

    By all accounts, it'll cost something north of $1.6 billion, with the most spent by a candidate who could become known as Obillion.

    So here's my regularly scheduled plea to consider a better path:

    For starters, it'd be useful if the national media and cable talkies focused less on the alleged campaign of The Donald, clearly a ruse to raise ratings for "Celebrity Apprentice," and focused more on how we elect our presidents.

    (By the way, can we agree that Trump's total contribution to politics and policy is his "celebrity" status and "apprentice" approach?)

    For years, I've advocated a national election in which (stop reading now if you can't follow this) the person who gets the most votes wins.

    The current winner-take-all Electoral College system, in theory and practice, can create winners who, you know, don't actually win.

    It's happened four times: 1824 (J.Q. Adams), 1876 (R.B. Hayes), 1888 (W.H. Harrison) and, of course, 2000 (G.W. Bush). It ought to be changed.

    The system requires that all of a state's electoral votes go to the candidate with a majority of votes in that state, no matter the margin.

    This system forces candidates to campaign selectively and focus on concerns of voters only in "battleground" states since so many states are reliably Democratic or Republican.

    As such, it diminishes the importance of individual votes all over the nation.

    Patrick Rosenstiel, spokesman for the California-based, nonpartisan reform group National Popular Vote, says that under the present system, "two-thirds of the country is relegated to flyover status." He adds that a popular-vote election makes sure "a vote in Pennsylvania always counts as much as a vote in Ohio."

    The group's been pushing popular vote since '06.

    Its board includes former GOP Sen. Jake Garn, of Utah, and former Democratic Sen. Birch Bayh, of Indiana.

    The group would not change the Electoral College system, but encourages each state's leaders to pledge to cast its Electoral College ballots for the candidate who won the most votes nationally even if he or she didn't win the state.

    It's supported by a majority of the public everywhere it's been polled.

    A Pennsylvania poll just last week, for example, shows 64 percent support; the same poll shows that a majority doesn't believe that such a system favors either party.

    The national effort so far has resulted in six states — including Maryland and New Jersey — and the District of Columbia passing enabling legislation.

    These states and the district account for 74 electoral votes.

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