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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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    The New York Times
    Every Vote Should Count, From Sea to Shining Sea
    November 4, 2008

    Re "How Much Is Your Vote Worth?," by Sarah K. Cowan, Stephen Doyle and Drew Heffron (Op-Chart, Nov. 2):

    If a Wyoming voter is three and a half times more influential than a Florida voter, why has Wyoming been utterly ignored by the major party campaigns and Florida voters wooed incessantly with multiple visits and tens of thousands of campaign ads?

    The reality is that the current Electoral College system values votes based on whether they are cast in swing states.

    In 2004, 99 percent of campaign spending went to just 16 states. This year, 17 states have drawn 99 percent of major party candidates' visits to states for campaign events since the party conventions.

    Fortunately, there's every reason to believe that by 2012 enough states will have adopted the National Popular Vote plan to enact a system where every vote is equal by whatever measurement. It couldn't come a moment too soon.

    Rob Richie

    Executive Director, FairVote

    Takoma Park, Md., Nov. 3, 2008


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