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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.

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  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
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    By State Rep. Tom Creighton (R–Lancaster)
    April 12, 2011

    The way politics is playing out in much of America today is a concern to many of us. Partisanship on both sides is provoking many to challenge the legitimacy of any close election. And that's one of the reasons I have chosen to sponsor legislation this year to move Pennsylvania and the nation away from the idea of the "winner take all" approach in the Electoral College balloting for President and to invoke a rule to elect the candidate who receives the most popular votes.

    The genius of the concept that the candidate who receives the most votes wins is that it counts all votes equally. It's not about regionalism; it doesn't consider "red states" or "blue states." My vote in Manheim, Pennsylvania, will count the same as one cast in Thermopolis, Wyoming, or the Cohasset, Long Island, or El Segundo, California. Even if a candidate wins by only one vote, no one can say it was a "red state" or "blue state" vote or a "Tea Party" vote or a "Move On" vote.

    Who ever wins, he is "our" President, not "their" president.

    The National Popular Vote idea was something that did not excite me at first; it took me a while to warm up to it because I regard the work of our founding fathers with the utmost respect. I wouldn't ever do anything to undermine our Constitution and I'm pleased to say that not only does our bill honor the document, it takes its authority directly from Article II, Section 1, which reads: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors."

    The founders left the process up to the states and now we are proposing that Pennsylvania join six other states and the District of Columbia in an interstate compact to end the "winner take all" dominance of the Electoral College and, instead, require our ballots be cast in favor of the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

    It's quite simple, really, and it will help build and strengthen the national consensus behind our President and our Constitution and our Republic. It's a states' rights approach that in a society that is becoming increasingly fragmented and polarized that it is more important than ever that we count every vote as equal and that every vote is counted.

    The way it works now, many people in small states or "flyover states," where polling shows one candidate or other with a commanding lead, are discouraged from voting at all. They perceive — perhaps rightly so — that their votes won't count. And I can't accept willingly a system that discourages eligible voters from exercising their civic responsibilities.

    This isn't a radical or partisan plan. Last year, the state Senate of New York state, passed the bill with only seven negative votes — although it was too late for a vote in the New York House. Across the country, 2,011 legislators have endorsed the bill. A total of 31 legislative bodies have approved it. Two out of three Pennsylvanians supports the concept and seven out of 10 say it would by "unjust" to seat a candidate as President who did not receive the most popular votes.

    I'm confident when the roll is called in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, we'll support the concept and practice of making every vote for President count equally.

    State Rep. Tom Creighton of Manheim, is chairman of the House Local Government Committee. He is the prime sponsor of legislation (HB1270) to commit Pennsylvania to the interstate compact to commit the Electoral College to elect the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

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