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Short Explanation
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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    How Does the Current System of Electing the President Work?

    The President and Vice President of the United States are not elected directly by the voters. Instead, the President and Vice President are elected by a group of 538 people who are known individually as "presidential electors" and collectively as the "Electoral College." Each political party nominates its own candidates (typically long-standing party activists) for the position of presidential elector.

    Each state is entitled to one presidential elector for each of its U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators. Today, there are a total of 538 electoral votes.

    Presidential electors are chosen separately by the voters in each state and the District of Columbia on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in presidential election years. In 48 of the 50 states (and the District of Columbia), presidential electors are elected by the voters under the winner-take-all rule. Under the "winner-take-all" rule, the presidential candidate receiving the most votes in each state is awarded 100% of the state's electoral votes. Maine (since 1972) and Nebraska (since 1992) have used a congressional district system for allocating their electoral votes. The choice of method of appointing the presidential electors in each state is a matter of state law.

    The 538 presidential electors cast their votes for President and Vice President in mid-December in separate meetings held in the 50 state capitals and the District of Columbia. A presidential or vice-presidential candidate must win a majority of the electoral votes in order to be elected to office (that is, 270 of the 538 electoral votes). In the absence of such a majority, the U.S. House of Representatives chooses the President, and the U.S. Senate chooses the Vice President.

    For more details, see chapter 2 of the book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote.

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