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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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    FAQ

    Does the Proposed Interstate Compact Impose Any Significant Financial Cost or Administrative Burden on State Election Officials?

    There is no significant additional administrative burden or financial cost associated with the proposed compact.

    Under the proposed interstate compact, a presidential election would be conducted by each state in the same way that it is now conducted. The proposed compact makes no changes in a state's laws or procedures for preparing ballots; administering polling places; counting votes at the precinct level; or aggregating the vote counts from the precincts to arrive at the total number of popular votes cast for each presidential slate in the state.

    Under the statewide winner-take-all system currently used by 48 states and the District of Columbia, the state's chief election official (or state canvassing board) certifies the election of the entire group of presidential electors that is affiliated with the presidential slate that received the most votes in the state. The winning presidential electors represent the will of their state's voters.

    In Maine and Nebraska, each district-level presidential elector represents the will of the voters in the district involved (and there are two additional electors affiliated with the presidential slate that carried the state).

    The only change introduced by the proposed compact occurs after a state has finished counting tallying the statewide total number of popular votes cast for each presidential slate. At that point, the votes cast for each presidential slate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia would be added together to produce a national grand total for each presidential slate. Under the proposed compact, the presidential slate with the largest national grand total from all 50 states and the District of Columbia is designated as the "national popular vote winner." The chief election official of each state belonging to the compact would then certify the election of the entire slate of presidential electors that is affiliated with the presidential slate that has been designated as the "national popular vote winner." The effect of the proposed compact is that all the presidential electors of all states belonging to the compact will be affiliated with the presidential slate that received the largest total number of popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These presidential electors will collectively represent the nationwide will of the voters. Under the proposed compact, the presidential electors will meet in mid-December and cast their electoral votes. Because the proposed compact only goes into effect when it has been enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, the presidential slate receiving the most popular votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive a majority of the electoral votes in the Electoral College.

    For more details, see section 9.1 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