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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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    Put CT on the presidential map
    By: Cheri Quickmire, Common Cause
    February 11, 2014—The presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia should be elected. Whether Republican or Democrat, an overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters ...
    A national popular vote would make every vote for president count: Guest opinion
    By Paul J. De Muniz
    April 18, 2013—This month, the Oregon Legislature will be voting on a bill to improve how we Americans elect our president. When electing the president, every vote should count. Candidates should not just ...
    Support the National Popular Vote Bill
    By Anthony Panek and Aaron Miles
    March 28 2012—As members of the University of Utah College Republicans and College Democrats, we don't agree on a lot of things. One thing we do agree on is that ...
    National popular vote gains ground
    By Bob Davis and Randy Button
    March 20, 2012—There is a quiet movement that could dramatically change the way our country elects its president. This movement doesn't alter our Constitution or give one political party advantage ...
    Fix a Flawed System — Use the National Popular Vote
    By Andrew Fleischmann
    January 25, 2012—The National Popular Vote (NPV) initiative has gained ground across the U.S. because it does something overwhelming majorities of Americans in every state ...
    Pros and cons of electoral college
    By Robert Bennett
    October 3, 2011 —During the Constitutional Convention, the delegates had to determine how the president should be chosen. In several fairly close votes, it was determined ...
    Popular vote bill is a democratic solution
    By Speaker Robert F. Gilligan
    June 17, 2011 —The state Republican Party chairman recently took to these pages to call a bill that has passed the House "destructive" and "bad for Delaware." He said House Bill 55...
    Elect president by national popular vote
    By Edward Meyer
    June 7, 2011—As Connecticut and the country begin to prepare for the 2012 election, we should question the way we elect a president. The discussion is taking place at the ...
    Win the vote, win the presidency
    By Pat Garofalo and Steve Simon
    May 23, 2011—Earlier this year, both of us had the privilege of leading the orientation for first-term House members at the State Capitol. We covered topics ranging from adapting to life as a public official ...
    Movement for a national popular vote is gaining momentum
    By Claire Sauer
    May 9, 2011—The Vermont governor recently approved a plan to enter his state into an agreement with others to guarantee the presidency to the candidate who gets the ...
    Bring U.S. closer to a real democracy
    By Thomas C. Goldstein and Amy Howe
    April 19, 2011—President Barack Obama formally opened his 2012 campaign last week. Regardless of whom you'd like to see take the oath of office on Inauguration Day, 2013, we can all agree that ...
    Guest View: Preserve the electoral college and make every Nebraska vote count
    By Laura Brod
    March 6, 2011—This year, the Nebraska Legislature is debating how Nebraska should award its five electoral votes. One option is LB583, a state-based plan to preserve — not abolish or render ...
    Now, more than ever, we need to elect the President by popular vote
    By State Rep. Tom Creighton (R–Lancaster)
    April 12, 2011—The way politics is playing out in much of America today is a concern to many of us. Partisanship on both sides is provoking many to challenge ...
    Make West Virginia matter in presidential elections
    Our electoral votes should go to whoever wins the popular vote nationwide
    By John Ellem and Clif Moore
    February 14, 2011—Come election season, candidates for the state legislature in West Virginia will knock on every door ...
    My View: National Popular Vote makes sense
    By Michael S. Dukakis
    July 27, 2010—Something happened in the 2000 presidential election that should never be permitted to happen again. The candidate who failed ...
    Ditching the antiquated Electoral College
    Delaware should join reform effort
    By Joseph A. Pika
    June 15, 2010—The election of 2000 may now be a vague memory to most Americans. As a refresher, George W. Bush won the presidency without winning ...
    A Vote in New York's Best Interest
    By John R. Koza
    June 9, 2010—None of the $89 million that New Yorkers donated to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain was spent in New York in the ...
    Making Presidential Campaigns National
    by Saul Anuzis and Rhett Ruggerio
    June 2010—As Americans look forward to the next presidential election, the political reality of the race will be that the voters in at least 35 ...
    Elect the next U.S. president by counting popular vote
    By Saul Anuzis
    April 8, 2010—As former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, I am asking you to consider a bipartisan, truly representative and a more fair ...
    It's Time to Junk the Electoral College
    We don't need an amendment to do it.
    By Jonathan Soros
    December 14, 2008—In his election-night victory speech, Barack Obama said he would be a president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him. But as a candidate ...
    Michigan should join National Popular Vote compact
    By Steve Tobocman
    December 10, 2008—When Michigan's presidential electors gather Dec. 15 to cast all 17 votes for the Michigan winner, Barack Obama, they will also cast their votes ...
    Politics — The Electoral Turmoil
    By Brad Ketcher
    November, 2008—Most Americans think the presidential election will happen November 4. It will really happen December 15. On that date, presidential electors ...
    Drop out of the College
    Four states back popular vote — Why not NY?
    By John R. Koza
    September 21, 2008—This year's race for the presidency is shaping up to be as exciting as we've ever seen. But it's unlikely that New York voters will see either ...
    Candidates ignore Rhode Island: Scrap the Electoral College
    By Lincoln Chafee and Ari Savitzsky
    August 8, 2008—In about three months Rhode Islanders will cast their votes for General Assembly, local school committees, and city and town ...
    Bill would revise electoral system
    By Damon Circosta
    June 18, 2008—May 6 was a record-breaking election for North Carolina. Not since Gov. Terry Sanford supported John F. Kennedy in 1960 has our state been such ...
    National vote plan would help New York
    By Charles D. Lavine
    April 30, 2008—The 2008 presidential election is over in New York. Unless you are a major financial contributor or a Democratic superdelegate, your role in determining ...
    National Popular Vote Best Reflects the Will of the People of Hawaii
    By State Representative Tom Brower, D-Waikiki
    April 24, 2008—As a legislator, I am morally compelled to advocate for the system that best reflects the will of the people. As a voter, I see national popular vote as a rational, ...
    National popular vote would even the playing field
    By Curtis Fisher
    April 20, 2008—The Vermont Legislature is considering S.270, the National Popular Vote plan. The goal of this bill is to ensure that the U.S. presidential candidate who ...
    Plan would make popular vote count
    By Thomas F. Schaller
    March 26, 2008—It is fitting that Maryland is pioneering the effort to create a multistate compact to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the ...
    Time to ditch Electoral College in favor of the popular vote
    By Rob Buck, Local News Editor
    February 12, 2008—Power to the people. That's the idea behind an effort to circumvent the cumbersome and somewhat confusing Electoral College. The Electoral College system was designed ...
    As Maine went, so shouldn't the nation
    By Diane Russell and Jon Bartholomew
    December 23, 2007—When Maine acts, other states pay attention. From Clean Elections to voting rights advocacy, Maine is the state to emulate when it comes to good ...
    Make Every Vote Count
    A national popular vote would make sure no state is disadvantaged and every vote is equal.
    By Jon S. Cardin
    Septmeber, 2007—Throughout our country’s history, we have been vigilant in expanding democracy, empowering individuals and correcting injustices through the ballot box. We have remedied ...
    New Jersey Shouldn’t Be Ignored in Presidential Elections
    By Chris Pearson
    June 21, 2007—As a State Legislator I am frustrated when I have to tell constituents their question is actually tackle at the national level. This feeds the idea that politicians only ...
    Our unfinished Constitution
    After 220 years of the electoral college, it's time for Americans to elect their president directly
    By David O. Stewart
    May 25, 2007—AFTER 220 YEARS of faithful service, our Constitution needs repair. We mark the anniversary of the Philadelphia Convention on May 25, the date in 1787 when 29 delegates ...
    One Person, One Vote, Really
    by Jamie Raskin
    May 1, 2007—Sometimes it is said that the president is the only leader in America that the whole nation elects. But this is wrong. The nation does not act as a nation in our presidential ...
    Hawaii Lawmakers Pass National Popular Vote Legislation
    A National Popular Vote for President Would Make a Vote Cast in Hawaii as Important as a Vote in New Hampshire and Ohio
    By Dr. John R. Koza
    April 16, 2007—The National Popular Vote bill, which was recently signed into law in Maryland and which recently passed the Hawaii House and Senate, would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who ...
    Other States Leading on National Popular Vote—How About California?
    By Rob Richie and Ryan O'Donnell
    April 4, 2007—Any poll will tell you that the vast majority of Americans favor electing the president by a national popular vote over our dysfunctional Electoral College system. This should ...
    Making The Popular Vote A Winner
    Rob Richie and Ryan O'Donnell
    April 2, 2007—Any poll will tell you that the vast majority of Americans favor electing the president by a national popular vote over our dysfunctional Electoral College system. This should be ...
    A better way to elect our presidents
    By John Anderson
    March 7, 2007—WASHINGTON—A little less than two years from today, the United States will inaugurate its 44th president. That’s not in doubt. The two open questions are, who will it be, and — perhaps more ...
    A Fifty State Strategy Every Year
    By Birch Bayh
    February 17, 2007—Shortly after the 2004 elections, Chris Bowers of the progressive blog MyDD wrote an optimistic post titled "Fifty State Strategy." In the piece, he expressed relief that in 2006, ...
    The Electoral College: A new approach to an increasingly serious problem
    By Rob Richie and Ryan O'Donnell
    February 28, 2006—Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans favor electing the president through a national popular vote over our dysfunctional Electoral College. The current system ...
    Bypassing the Electoral College
    By Jim Wright
    March 12, 2006—ohn B. Anderson is still as creative an advocate at 84 as he was when first elected to Congress in his 30s. The former House Republican Conference chairman and 1980 independent ...

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