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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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    Assembly Democratic and Republican Caucus Chairmen Unveil Legislation to Give California More Clout In Presidential Elections
    March 30, 2011

    SACRAMENTO — In a rare show of Capitol bi-partisanship, the chairmen of the Assembly Democratic and Republican caucuses today announced legislation that would end California's winner-take-all policy of awarding its 55 electoral votes.

    Assemblymen Jerry Hill, D–San Mateo, and co-author Brian Nestande, R–Palm Desert, said Assembly Bill 459 would force presidential candidates to wage a nationwide campaign and court California voters rather than concentrating exclusively on battleground states.

    "California is ignored in most general presidential elections," Hill said. "Candidates do not come to California to campaign. Candidates do not run television advertisements in California, they do not send direct mail, make phone calls or conduct field operations here, but they sure do a lot of fund raising here."

    In 2008, for example, candidates concentrated 99 percent of their general election visits on 16 states. This has rendered states like California, and two-thirds of the country, to mere spectators in the election of the President.

    "This isn't a Republican or a Democratic issue, it's a California issue," Nestande said.

    As a result, issues important to California receive little or no attention. Hill said AB 459 would ensure that every vote will matter in every state in every presidential election.

    Under the National Popular Vote legislation, which has been adopted by seven states and is under consideration in states all across the country, all electoral votes from enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    The legislation only goes into effect when adopted by states with a majority of the electoral votes.

    The National Popular Vote movement, which has gathered bi-partisan support throughout the country and endorsements from leading Democratic and Republican elected officials, is intended to eliminate the system of battleground states and fly over states that has plagued presidential campaigns for decades and rendered two-thirds of the country's voters irrelevant to the process of electing the President.

    The winner-take-all rule, wherein all of a state's electoral votes go to the candidate who receives the most votes in that state, has permitted a candidate to win the presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide in four of 56 elections. A shift of 60,000 votes in Ohio in 2004 would have elected Kerry despite President Bush's nationwide lead of 3 million.

    Since 2006, National Popular Vote bills have been enacted by jurisdictions with a cumulative 74 electoral votes. Approval by California and other states that are considering the legislation would provide important momentum to the goal of reaching the 270 electoral votes that are needed to activate the law.

    National Popular Vote legislation was approved twice by the California Legislature — in 2006 and 2008 — but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hill expressed optimism that Gov. Jerry Brown would view the bill as helping make California relevant in presidential elections and energize California voters.


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