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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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    California needs to get on board with the presidential popular vote movement
    San Jose Mercury News Editorial
    June 1, 2011

    Presidential candidates want Silicon Valley's cash, but they only pay lip service to its issues.

    In the 2008 election, Barack Obama and John McCain came to California for private fundraisers and left with $150 million in contributions. But only 2 percent of that was spent on ads here, and neither returned for even one campaign stop after the nominating conventions. Ohio got 26 candidate visits, Pennsylvania 23, Florida 22 and Virginia — a state with less than a quarter the population of California — 18.

    California will continue to be irrelevant as long as the Electoral College System rules presidential races: Democrats take its winner-take-all electoral votes for granted, and Republicans write them off. Fortunately, states have the power to change this without a Constitutional amendment, since they can determine how their electoral votes are cast. It's time for California to step up by enacting Assemblyman Jerry Hill's AB 459 — the National Popular Vote bill. Once enough states are on board to control the Electoral College, the bill will guarantee the presidency to the candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide.

    The Electoral College was devised to protect states' rights by forcing candidates to win majorities in a variety of states, theoretically preventing someone popular in only one region from becoming president. But the system distorts campaigns so that only a handful of states are considered "in play." Analysts already are saying that in 2012, there may be as few as seven or eight battleground states where the campaigns will play out.

    This actually discourages people from voting. States that were not in play in 2008 had a 61 percent turnout, compared with 69 percent in states where campaigning took place.

    The National Popular Vote bill would only take effect after it's enacted by enough states to control a majority of the electoral votes — 270 of 538. The states then would cast their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Six states have signed on so far (Hawaii, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey) along with the District of Columbia, representing 74 electoral votes. California's 55 votes would be a huge boost.

    Polls across the United States show overwhelming bipartisan support for choosing a president by popular vote. More than 70 percent of Californians support it. The Electoral College seems downright undemocratic in a society more connected and mobile than the founding fathers ever could have imagined. Of course the founding fathers also couldn't imagine giving women the right to vote.

    The Legislature passed a similar bill in 2008, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it because it might circumvent the will of California voters. Caution is advised when tinkering with presidential elections, but this procedure is a relic.

    Hill's bill passed the Assembly last week and the Senate will vote this month. It should hurry the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown in hopes that the change can be made by 2012, making California the presidential battleground it ought to be.



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