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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.

  • 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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    Public Forum Letter
    Jim Schnitter
    May 8, 2008

    The article "Candidates spend time in low-priority states" (Tribune, April 26) neatly sums up the problem with presidential elections: Whoever wins the popular vote in a state gets all the electoral votes for that state. Given this "winner take all" system, certain states are "irrelevant to their (Clinton and Obama's) strategies." According to the article, "roughly 14 competitive states . . . will decide the next president."

    This is not a good way to elect our president. Every state should be a priority state. There should not be competitive and non-competitive states. Candidates should go everywhere in the country to reach out to voters. There's a different way. Instead of "winner take all," it's a setup where the candidate who wins the national popular vote becomes president.

    Four states have already put it into effect (Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois). A similar bill is gaining traction in the Utah Legislature. With hard work, a national popular vote will replace "winner take all" by 2012.

    Utah can be in the forefront. When the "reddest" state passes such a bill, the rest of the country will take notice.

    Jim Schnitter

    Cottonwood Heights


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