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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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    Senate Elections Committee Statement
    June 8, 2011

    Mr. Chairman and Members —

    • The Founding Fathers gave states the flexibility to change that method whenever they felt like their residents were not being well served.
    • The national popular vote bill takes advantage of that constitutional authority to allow the voices of 36 million Californians to be better heard by presidential candidates.
    • In closing, let me say that 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 that 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 citizens 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.
    • It is my hope that California will join the seven other states, the District of Columbia, and the 31 legislative chambers across the country in adopting the National Popular Vote bill.
    • On behalf of Assemblyman Hill, I respectfully ask for an "aye" vote.

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