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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
11 Enactments
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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    Editorial Support

    2013

    March 11, 2013
    — It′s time that the General Assembly pass "national popular vote" legislation, adding Connecticut to the growing list of states that have signed up for this equitable and sensible …
    March 7, 2013
    — Republican state lawmakers have a new plan to award the state′s presidential electoral votes proportionally. You′ve heard the old cliché: be careful what you ask for …
    March 6, 2013
    — The latest attempt to manipulate Pennsylvania's presidential vote provided another opportunity for Democrats to howl about cheating Republicans. And they had a point. But if state …

    Make popular vote count

    Keep gerrymandering out of the Electoral College

    March 6, 2013
    — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has a perfectly good reason for opposing a bill that would commit the state’s presidential electors to the candidate who wins the most votes …

    2012

    December 17, 2012
    — Joe Sterns, a Republican who has worked for a variety of political figures and organizations, recently spoke at a York 912 Patriots tea party group meeting promoting a terrible idea …
    November 15, 2012
    — From the late-1960s through the '80s, Republicans were convinced that they had a permanent lock on the Electoral College. The Sun Belt was rising, traditionally Democratic states were …

    President, by popular vote

    The electoral college system offends modern sensibilities and should be replaced.

    November 12, 2012
    — By a fairly solid margin, Tuesday's presidential election spared Americans the hand-wringing that would have accompanied a split decision like that of 2000. George W. Bush, of …

    2011

    A president by popular vote:

    Some states are looking at ways to circumvent the electoral college and get closer to a system in which the presidency would be decided by a popular vote.
    October 5, 2011

    Editorial: Best way to elect presidents

    New idea bad for Pennsylvania
    September 18, 2011

    In a dismal week, California moves the national popular vote a step closer

    August 11, 2011

    As We See It: Time has come for popular vote for president

    August 10, 2011

    California should join the popular vote parade

    June 16, 2011

    California needs to get on board with the presidential popular vote movement

    June 1, 2011

    In popular-vote drive, GOP balks but could benefit

    May 21, 2011

    Electoral College should be scrapped

    May 20, 2011

    A popular vote president

    California should join eight other states in changing the way it casts its electoral votes.
    May 1, 2011

    2010

    One Person, One Vote for President

    June 21, 2010

    Editorial: Make Massachusetts votes count

    June 2, 2010

    2009

    Add up the votes, declare a winner

    May 22, 2009

    Let's trust democracy

    Oregon legislators should adopt novel method to rewire the Electoral College

    May 11, 2009

    Voting: Let the winner win

    April 19, 2009

    In our view, April 17: Equal Voting

    Legislature sends Electoral College reform measure to governor for signaturee

    April 17, 2009

    State on right track by joining national popular vote compact

    April 17, 2009

    Abolish the Electoral College

    Nelson's bill would help eliminate an outdated, undemocratic system

    January 10, 2009

    2008

    Flunking the Electoral College

    November 19, 2008

    Time to get rid of the Electoral College

    OUR OPINION: Current system violates principle of one man, one vote
    November 5, 2008

    Every Vote Should Count, From Sea to Shining Sea

    November 4, 2008

    Editorial: Yes, national popular vote

    October 21, 2008

    Bring on the popularity contest

    June 22, 2008

    Editorial: The national popular vote alternative

    June 20, 2008

    Make Electoral College reflect overall popular vote

    April 21, 2008

    For National Popular Vote

    March 2, 2008

    By popular demand: National popular vote should trump the Electoral College, not the other way around.

    February 27, 2008

    A step toward ditching outdated Electoral College

    February 20, 2008

    A fix for the Electoral College

    February 18, 2008

    2007

    Editorial: Candidate with the most votes wins

    October 15, 2007

    Editorial: Obsolete Electoral College

    June 25, 2007

    OUR VIEW: Drop out of the Electoral College

    June 24, 2007

    Our View: Electoral vote change would be good for the state and its people

    May 16, 2007

    Maryland Takes the Lead

    April 14, 2007

    Electoral College is outdated

    April 10, 2007

    Popular vote for president worth consideration

    April 6, 2007

    Initiative to Scrap Electoral College Gains Steam

    April 6, 2007

    2006

    How to drop out of the Electoral College: There’s a way to ensure top vote-getter becomes president

    March 27, 2006

    Popular vote bill gets a reprieve

    March 21, 2006

    Drop Out of the College

    March 14, 2006

    Opinion - Behold the purple people

    JOHN LAIRD Columbian editorial page editor
    March 5, 2006

    We vote for a fairer way to decide national elections

    March 1, 2006

    One person, one vote

    February 19, 2007

    Electoral College's time has passed

    February 16, 2007

    A better way: We should bypass electoral college to reinvent our presidential process

    September 13, 2006

    Another chance to lead: Electoral College bill sets reform in motion

    September 6, 2006

    States join forces against electoral college: A piecemeal approach may be the only way to kill the anachronistic institution

    June 5, 2006

    Rx for U.S. elections: States can assure the popular vote rules

    June 3, 2006
    Reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for President