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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
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  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
  • DC - 3 votes
  • Hawaii - 4 votes
  • New Jersey - 14 votes
  • Illinois - 20 votes
  • New York - 29 votes
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    Candidate with the most votes wins
    October 15, 2007

    All the political action is in Iowa and New Hampshire, again, and while other states try to move up their presidential primaries to get in on the fun, all is quiet here in Massachusetts. Bay State voters are used to being on the sidelines when it comes to choosing presidents, whether in the primaries or the general election.

    Candidates don't come here, except to raise money or get to New Hampshire. Because Massachusetts is presumed to be in the Democratic column, Bay State activists spend campaign season phoning undecided voters in Missouri or knocking on doors in New Hampshire. Nobody bothers trying to convert their neighbor for a simple, sad reason: Unless you live in a "battleground" state, your vote doesn't really count.

    For this, you can blame the Electoral College, one of the Founders' great mistakes, committed because some of them were suspicious of letting ordinary voters elect a president. Because a simple majority in a state awards all its electors, candidates spend all their energy fighting over the states on the fence. That leaves states of all sizes and shades on the sidelines. Texas is too Republican to grab the Democrats' attention just as Massachusetts is too Democratic to attract Republican candidates. Some less populated states like Wyoming (too red) and Rhode Island (too blue) are ignored, while small battleground states such as Delaware and Nevada are showered with candidate attention.

    There's a way out of this mess, a way to make everyone's vote count, without having to amend the Constitution. The National Popular Vote bill, establishes an interstate contract under which states would agree to instruct all their electors to vote for the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide. The binding contract would kick in once enough states have adopted it to determine the winner.

    It's a new concept, but one that is perfectly legal and constitutionally legitimate. It just takes some explaining to people who haven't thought much about how much better presidential campaigns would be if we just followed the rule applied in every other election: The candidate with the most votes wins.

    This initiative has been enacted into law in Maryland, with Illinois and New Jersey expected to follow suit this year. It cleared a hurdle in Massachusetts this week, winning bipartisan support from the Joint Committee on Election Laws. The full House and Senate should take it up soon.

    The Electoral College has long been a mere formality, ratifying the vote in individual states. Committing electors to ratifying the national popular vote is no different in theory, but it would make a positive difference in removing a distorting influence from modern presidential campaigns. It is an idea whose time has come.


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