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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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    What About the Large States?

    Overall, voters are effectively disenfranchised in two thirds of the states in presidential elections, including six of the nation's 10 most populous states (California, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and North Carolina). Presidential candidates take the non-competitive states for granted and to concentrate on the closely divided battleground states.

    A large state (such as California, Texas, or New York) receives electoral votes approximately in direct proportion to its population. The Constitution allocates 81% of the electoral votes according to population. If size mattered, the nation's three most populous states (California, Texas, and New York) would be at center stage in presidential elections. But this is not the case. The political reality is that these three largest states suffer from the same spectator status as 12 non-competitive small states—none has mattered in presidential elections for decades.

    The Founders' intended allocation of political influence in favor of the most populous states was not achieved because of the effect of the nearly universal adoption by the states of the winner-take-all rule. Political power resides in the states where the popular vote happens to be closely divided—that is, the battleground states. In short, the Founders' attempt to allocate political influence was trumped by the decisions—taken separately by the individual states—to adopt the winner-take-all rule.

    For more details, see section 1.4 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