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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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    Kentucky

    FRANKFORT, January 9, 2009 — Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo, introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB170) for the 2009 legislative session in Kentucky, along with Representatives Linda Belcher, Melvin B. Henley, Charlie Hoffman, Joni L. Jenkins, Jimmie Lee, Mary Lou Marzian, Darryl T. Owens, Don Pasley, Jody Richards, Dottie Sims, and Susan Westrom.

    A survey of 800 Kentucky voters conducted on December 17-18, 2008 showed 80% overall support for a national popular vote for President.      Kentucky 2008 poll

    On January 29, 2008, Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo introduced the bill for the 2008 legislative session.

    On March 11 2007, the National Popular Vote bill (HB400) (Status of HB400) was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

    On March 1 2007, Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo introduced the National Popular Vote bill in Kentucky (HB 550) (Status of HB 550).      article




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    Kentucky Rep. Don Pasley
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    Kentucky Rep. Dottie Sims
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    Kentucky Rep. Jimmie Lee
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    Kentucky Rep. Jody Richards
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    Kentucky Rep. Joni L. Jenkins
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    Kentucky Rep. Linda Belcher
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    Kentucky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
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    Kentucky Rep. Melvin B. Henley
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    Kentucky Rep. Susan Westrom
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    In 1966, Delaware Attorney General David P. Buckson filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Delaware against New York (and other states) concerning the use of the winner-take-all rule in presidential elections. Under the winner-take-all rule (also called the "unit rule" or "general ticket" system), all of a state's electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each separate state. In 1966, Delaware led a group of 12 predominantly low-population states (including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Pennsylvania) in suing New York in the U.S. Supreme Court. In State of Delaware v. State of New York, the plaintiff states argued that New York's use of the winner-take-all rule effectively disenfranchised voters in their states. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case (presumably because of the well-established constitutional provision that the manner of awarding electoral votes is exclusively a state decision). Ironically, the defendant (New York) is no longer an influential closely divided battleground state (as it was in the 1960s). Today, New York suffers the very same disenfranchisement as most of the less populous states because it too has become politically non-competitive. Today, a vote in New York is equal to a vote in Delaware: votes in both are equally irrelevant in presidential elections.

    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