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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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    AB 459 (HILL) — NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE

    ASSEMBLY FLOOR STATEMENT

    THURSDAY 5-19-11 — 9:00 AM — ASSEMBLY FLOOR

    FILE ITEM 124

    Madame Speaker and Members:

    • AB 459 – the National Popular Vote bill – is a bi-partisan effort to make California relevant in presidential elections.
    • We all know that California is ignored in the general election of presidential campaigns.
    • Presidential candidates do not come to California to campaign.
    • Presidential candidates do not run television advertisements in California.
    • They do not send direct mail, make phone calls or conduct field operations here.
    • In the 2008 general election, Obama and McCain combined to spend less than $30,000 advertising to California voters.
    • Think about that for a second members, the combined advertising budget of the two presidential candidates in California was less than $30,000
    • Not only didn't they advertise here, they didn't come to California either.
    • Obama and McCain made 300 campaign stops in the fall campaign and yet they did not make a single non-fundraising stop in California.
    • And members, if the campaigns are coming to California and they aren't advertising in California, then they sure aren't talking about California issues.
    • California concerns like agricultural issues, high tech, water, bio tech don't get discussed in presidential campaigns.
    • AB 459, the national popular vote bill, will change all that.
    • AB 459 will guarantee that the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be elected President.
    • This change will not just benefit California. Fully two-thirds of the country is in the exact same situation as we are . . . mere spectators to the actual presidential campaign.
    • It is small states and large states. Urban states and rural states. Democratic and Republican states. All suffer from "fly-over" status as presidential campaigns focus on the handful of battleground states.
    • In the last several weeks, pundits across the political spectrum have already identified the 8-14 "battleground" states where the 2012 campaign will be exclusively waged.
    • No less an authority than Karl Rove stated in the Wall Street Journal on May 5, "The 2012 presidential election is likely to be decided in 14 states."
    • The 2012 presidential election is more than 17 months away. The primaries have yet to begin. The candidates have yet to be nominated. And yet already more than 200 million voters are an afterthought.
    • Now whether you believe Karl Rove, or Charlie Cook, or Larry Sabato, or any of the other experts, they all agree - California and our 17 million voters will be left out of the process.
    • AB 459 will give voice to all California voters and insure that their votes will matter in every election.
    • I ask you to join me in this historic measure.
    • I ask for an "aye" vote.

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