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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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    Maine

    AUGUSTA, January 12, 2009 - A survey of 800 Maine voters conducted on January 9-10, 2009 showed 77% overall support for a national popular vote for President.      Maine poll results      On February 2, 2010, the Maine House defeated the National Popular Vote bill.

    On January 7, 2009, Representative John L. Martin introduced the National Popular Vote bill (LD 56    Status of LD 56).

    On April 14, 2008 - The Maine Senate passed the National Popular Vote bill ( LD 1744 ) on April 7, 2008.

    On March 30, 2007, Senator John L. Martin is the lead sponsor for the National Popular Vote bill ( LD 1744 ) in Maine. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee that the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in all 50 states will win the Presidency. While a member of Maine's House of Representatives in 1969, John Martin sponsored the current law governing the awarding of electoral votes in Maine. Under this 1969 legislation, Maine's electoral votes by congressional district. In 1992, Nebraska adopted legislation patterned after Maine's 1969 law.     Article on Senator Martin's 1969 Maine legislation and current bill     Op-Ed entitled "As Maine went, so shouldn't the nation"

    Other sponsors of the National Popular Vote bill in Maine in 2007 include Senators Libby Mitchell, and Bruce Bryant, and Representatives Glenn Cummings, Marilyn Canavan, Richard G. Woodbury, John L. Patrick, and Hannah Pingree.

    National Popular Vote has the support of 71% of Maine voters in an August-September 2005 poll.




    Maine Senator John L. Martin
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    Maine Rep. Glenn Cummings
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    Maine Rep. Marilyn Canavan
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    Maine Rep. Richard G. Woodbury
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    Maine Rep. John L. Patrick
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    Maine Rep. Hannah Pingree
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    Maine Senator Libby Mitchell
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    Maine Senator Bruce Bryant
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    Maine Rep. Anna D. Blodgett
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    Maine Rep. Anne M. Haskell
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    Maine Rep. Anne C. Perry
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    Maine Rep. Brian D. Bolduc
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    Maine Rep. Charles Kenneth Theriault
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    Maine Rep. Charles R. Priest
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    Maine Rep. Charles W. Harlow
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    Maine Rep. Cynthia A. Dill
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    Maine Rep. David C. Webster
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    Maine Rep. Diane Marie Russell
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    Maine Rep. Edward J. Mazurek
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    Maine Rep. Edward P. Legg
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    Maine Rep. Elizabeth S. Miller
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    Maine Rep. Emily Ann Cain
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    Maine Rep. George Hogan, Sr
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    Maine Rep. James J. Campbell, Sr
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    Maine Rep. James M. Schatz
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    Maine Rep. Jane E. Eberle
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    Maine Rep. Jeffrey M. McCabe
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    Maine Rep. Joan F. Cohen
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    Maine Rep. Joan W. Welsh
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    Maine Rep. John F. Piotti
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    Maine Rep. John L. Tuttle, Jr
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    Maine Rep. Lawrence G. Sirois
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    Maine Rep. Leila Jane Percy
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    Maine Rep. Margaret R. Rotundo
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    Maine Rep. Mark E. Bryant
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    Maine Rep. Matthew J. Peterson
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    Maine Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes
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    Maine Rep. Michael E. Carey
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    Maine Rep. Nancy E. Smith
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    Maine Rep. Pamela Jabar Trinward
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    Maine Rep. Patricia B. Sutherland
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    Maine Rep. Patsy Garside Crockett
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    Maine Rep. Peter C. Stuckey
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    Maine Rep. Peter S. Kent
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    Maine Rep. Richard V. Wagner
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    Maine Rep. Robert S. Duchesne
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    Maine Rep. Seth A. Berry
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    Maine Rep. Sheryl J. Briggs
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    Maine Rep. Stacy T. Dostie
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    Maine Rep. Steven J. Butterfield, II
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    Maine Rep. Veronica Magnan
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    Maine Rep. W. Bruce MacDonald
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    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