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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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  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
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  • New York - 29 votes
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    Our take: National popular vote bill provides a better way to elect a president
    York Dail Record Editorial
    December 17, 2012

    Joe Sterns, a Republican who has worked for a variety of political figures and organizations, recently spoke at a York 912 Patriots tea party group meeting promoting a terrible idea.

    He called for changing the Electoral College system in Pennsylvania so that presidential votes would be awarded by congressional district rather than the statewide popular vote winner-take-all system now in place.

    "It's no longer the case, so much, that California and New York are picking our president," he said. "It's that it's Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia - that's who's picking our president."

    Well, that stands to reason, because that's where the most people live — in large cities and their surrounding suburbs.

    But Mr. Sterns doesn't like that because that's where he says most of the moochers of society live.

    But what would have happened in Pennsylvania this year if electoral votes had been awarded by congressional district?

    Mitt Romney would have "won" the state because there are more Republican congressional districts — thanks largely to some pretty shameless gerrymandering by the GOP.

    But Barack Obama won a fairly commanding victory in Pennsylvania's popular vote.

    How would giving Mr. Romney more electoral votes than the person who won the popular vote carry out the will of the people?

    That said, it's easy to understand the frustration of, say, conservative voters in the 4th District who voted for Mr. Romney. Their votes are essentially discounted nationally because President Obama won the statewide popular vote.

    But there's a better way to rectify that problem — assuring that everyone's presidential vote "counts."

    It's called the National Popular Vote initiative.

    Here's how it works: Enabling legislation is passed in states promising to award all of that state's electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. That change is put on hold until states with 270 electoral votes — enough to win the presidency — pass the enabling legislation.

    No constitutional amendment needed.

    No need to expel the Electoral College.

    So far, that legislation has been passed by states with 132 electoral votes.

    Once the initiative becomes active, we can be assured that the winner of the national popular vote will win the election — and that everyone's vote for president counts, whether they live in the cities or out in the countryside.

    That seems far preferable to awarding electoral votes by gerrymandered congressional districts.

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