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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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    A national popular vote would make every vote for president count: Guest opinion
    Oregonian Op-Ed
    By Paul J. De Muniz
    April 18, 2013

    This month, the Oregon Legislature will be voting on a bill to improve how we Americans elect our president. When electing the president, every vote should count. Candidates should not just pay attention to a handful of "battleground" states. Issues that are important to Oregon should be part of the national debate. In the fall campaign last year, Ohio had 73 candidate visits, while Oregon had zero.

    House Bill 3077, the National Popular Vote bill, is an agreement among participating states to guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution grants exclusive authority to each state legislature to determine how to award electoral votes. The agreement would remain idle until states totaling a majority of the Electoral College (270 or more electoral votes) enter into the agreement. It is only at that point that the compact states would award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states.

    The National Popular Vote bill has already passed in Vermont, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. These jurisdictions account for 132 electoral votes — 49 percent of the electoral votes needed to trigger the interstate compact.

    Three compelling reasons Oregonians should award their electoral votes to the winner of the National Popular Vote:

    Campaign visits. With the winner-take-all system currently in place, Oregon, along with 40 other states, was completely ignored in the 2012 presidential election. As noted, Oregon had zero campaign visits to Ohio′s 73. Florida had 40 visits, and Virginia had 36. The most important election in the world is focused on a few states where the outcome is not obvious, while the rest of the country is ignored.

    Campaign spending. In 2012, Oregon residents donated at least $10.5 million to the Obama and Romney campaigns. That money went straight from the pockets of Oregonians to swing states to talk about issues important to those states, not Oregon.

    Governing after the campaign. The issue isn′t just important on the electoral side, but also on the governance side. National policies shouldn′t be targeted just to battleground states — steel tariffs for Pennsylvania, for instance, and Medicare Part D drug benefits for Florida. Important issues facing Oregonians, such as Pacific Rim trade, natural resources and our high-tech industry, go largely ignored.

    The National Popular Vote bill is not complicated. It involves a matter reserved to the states, and it should easily withstand any constitutional challenge. It would ensure that every vote — in every state — matters in every presidential election. The candidate who gets the most votes wins.

    Oregon′s Legislature should vote to enter into this compact to make sure Oregon and its residents get the national attention we deserve.

    Paul J. De Muniz is a retired chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and distinguished jurist in residence at Willamette University College of Law.


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