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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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    Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Washington Senate Passes Bill to Change Electoral College Process
    By Associated Press
    February 18, 2008

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State senators have approved a bill that would deliver the state's electoral votes to the U.S. presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

    The bill, which passed 30-18 Monday, now heads to the House.

    The bill would change Washington's current system of typically giving all of the state's electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide election to awarding all of the state's delegates to the national popular vote winner.

    Almost every state has considered a similar bill. Maryland and New Jersey have passed such a measure.

    The proposal would take effect only if enough states - those with a majority of votes in the Electoral College - agreed to it.

    Currently, the Electoral College, an assembly of delegates in each state, chooses the president after the presidential election, usually awarding all of a state's electors to the candidate who carried the state. Each state's electors are equal to the number of its U.S. senators and U.S. representatives - 11 in the case of Washington.

    The proposal is aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2000 election, when Al Gore got the most votes nationwide but George W. Bush put together enough victories in key states to win a majority in the Electoral College and capture the White House.

    The Washington state bill was sponsored by Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland.


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