"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors ..." -- U.S. Constitution
Ask your legislators to pass National Popular Vote

ZIP:
Endorsed by 2,110
State Legislators
In addition to 1,129 state legislative sponsors (shown above), 981 other legislators have cast recorded votes in favor of the National Popular Vote bill.
Progress by State

Tom Golisano

Entrepreneur Tom Golisano Endorses National Popular Vote

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

  • Videos

    Fox Interview

    CBS Video

    Popular Vote

    Class Election

    more videos

    Advisory Board
    John Anderson (R-I–IL)
    Birch Bayh (D–IN)
    John Buchanan (R–AL)
    Tom Campbell (R–CA)
    Tom Downey (D–NY)
    D. Durenberger (R–MN)
    Jake Garn (R–UT)
    What Do You Think
    How should we elect the President?
    The candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states.
    The current Electoral College system.

    Add this poll to your web site
    FAQ

    What is "The Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote" and How Would It Work?

    "The Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote" is a proposed state law. It is also an interstate compact—the contractual arrangement authorized in the Constitution by which states can act in concert to address an issue that cannot be readily solved by unilateral action.

    The purpose of the proposed compact is to guarantee that the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia receives enough electoral votes (that is, at least 270 of the 538) to be elected to the Presidency.

    The proposed compact would not become immediately effective when any one or two states enact it. Instead, the proposed compact would come into effect only after it is enacted by states collectively possessing a majority of the electoral votes (i.e., 270 of the 538 electoral votes). The proposed compact would not change any state's internal procedures for conducting or counting its presidential vote.

    After the people cast their ballots in early November of presidential election years, the popular vote counts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia would be added together to obtain a national grand total for each presidential slate. At the present time, the Electoral College reflects the voters' state-by-state choices for President (or, in the cases of Maine and Nebraska, the voters' district-wide choices). The proposed compact would change the Electoral College from an institution that reflects the voters' state-by-state choices (or district-wide choices) into a body that reflects the voters' nationwide choice. Specifically, the proposed compact specifies that each member state will award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who received the largest total number of popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That is, each state belonging to the proposed compact would award its electoral votes to the nationwide popular vote winner. Because the proposed compact would become effective only when it encompasses states collectively possessing a majority of the electoral votes, the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia would be guaranteed enough electoral votes (that is, at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes) in the Electoral College to be elected. By making the Electoral College reflect the voter's nationwide choice for President, the proposed compact directly solves the three shortcomings of the current state-by-state winner-take-all system, namely that (1) voters are effectively disenfranchised in two thirds of the states in presidential elections, (2) the current system does not reliably reflect the nationwide popular vote, and (3) not every vote is equal.

    Note that membership in the proposed compact is not required for the popular votes of a state to count. Every state's popular vote is included on an equal footing in the nationwide total regardless of whether the state is a member of the proposed compact. Note also that the political complexion of the states belonging to the proposed compact does not affect the outcome produced by the compact. The presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is ensured enough electoral votes (that is, at least 270 of the 538) to be elected to the Presidency regardless of what states happen to belong to the compact.

    For more details, see chapter 6 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