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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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    Tennessee

    NASHVILLE, March 21, 2012 — A Tennessee House legislative committee held a hearing on the National Popular Vote bill which included testimony of former California State Senator and former ALEC national chair Ray Haynes.

    Former California State Senator and former ALEC national chair Ray Haynes testifies at Tennessee hearing

    On March 20, 2012, former Tennessee Republican Party Chair Bob Davis and former Democratic Party Chair Randy Button give their reasons for supporting National Popular Vote in an op-ed in The Tennessean.

    May 26, 2011, former Tennessee U.S. Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Fred Thompson (R) explained why he favors the National Popular Vote bill on "Daily Rundown" on MSNBC TV.

    On May 12, 2011, Fred Thompson endorsed the National Popular Vote bill at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

    Fred Thompson at National Press Club

    In February, 2011, Senator Steve Southerland introduced the National Popular Vote bill (SB 1024) in the Tennessee Senate. Representative Vince Dean introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB3102) in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

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    Steve Southerland

    On February 12, 2007, Representatives Joanne Favors, Sherry Jones, and Tommie F. Brown introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 841) in the Tennessee House. In addition, Representative David Shepard introduced the bill (HB246), and Senators Doug Jackson introduced the bill (SB159).    Tennessean editorial




    Tennessee Rep. Vince Dean
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    Tennessee Senator Steve Southerland
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    Tennessee Rep. Joanne Favors
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    Tennessee Rep. Sherry Jones


    Tennessee Rep. Tommie F. Brown
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    Tennessee Rep. David Shepard
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    Under the current system of electing the President, a candidate may win a majority of the Electoral College without having a majority of the nationwide popular vote. The National Popular Vote bill would reform the Electoral College by guaranteeing the Presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia). The bill would enact the proposed interstate compact entitled the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote." The compact would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the membership of the Electoral College (that is 270 of 538 electoral votes). Under the compact, all of the members of the Electoral College from all states belonging to the compact would be from the same political party as the winner of nationwide popular vote. Thus, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) will be guaranteed a majority of the Electoral College, and hence the Presidency. Because the compact guarantees a majority of the Electoral College to the winner of most popular votes nationwide, the compact has the additional benefit of eliminating the possibility that a presidential election might be thrown into the U.S. House of Representatives (with each state casting one vote).


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