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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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    South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, April 2011 — The National Popular Vote bill (H4154) was introduced in the House by Representatives by Rep. Liston D. Barfield, Nelson L. Hardwick, William G. Herbkersman, William M. Hixon, Phillip D. Lowe, Dennis C. Moss, Steve Moss, Lewis E. Pinson, James Roland Smith, Thad T. Viers, and W. Brian White. Senators Michael T. Rose (R) and Dick Elliott (D) sponsored the bill (S860) in the Senate.

    In 2007, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives by Representative Joseph H. Neal and Dr. Jimmy C. Bales, Curtis Brantley, Floyd Breeland, William "Bill" Clyburn, Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Cathy B. Harvin, Kenneth F. Hodges, Joseph H. Jefferson, Patsy G. Knight, David J. Mack III, Denny Woodall Neilson, Fletcher N. Smith, Jr., J. Seth Whipper, and Robert Q. Williams. (H 4201)

    A survey of 800 South Carolina voters conducted on January 17–19, 2011 showed 72% overall support for the idea that the President of the United States should be the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. Voters were asked "How do you think we should elect the President: Should it be the candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states, or the current Electoral College system?" By political affiliation, support for a national popular vote was 64% among Republicans, 81% among Democrats, and 68% among others. By gender, support was 81% among women and 59% among men. By age, support was 81% among 18-29 year olds, 71% among 30-45 year olds, 72% among 46-65 year olds, and 63% for those older than 65. By race, support was 68% among whites, 77% among African-Americans, and 74% among others (representing 4% of respondents). The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.




    South Carolina Rep. Joseph H. Neal
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    South Carolina Rep. Dr. Jimmy C. Bales
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    South Carolina Rep. Curtis Brantley
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    South Carolina Rep. Floyd Breeland
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    South Carolina Rep. William Clyburn
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    South Carolina Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter
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    South Carolina Rep. Cathy B. Harvin
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    South Carolina Rep. Kenneth F. Hodges
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    South Carolina Rep. Joseph H. Jefferson
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    South Carolina Rep. Patsy G. Knight
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    South Carolina Rep. David J. Mack III
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    South Carolina Rep. Denny Woodall Neilson
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    South Carolina Rep. Fletcher N. Smith, Jr.
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    South Carolina Rep. J. Seth Whipper
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    South Carolina Rep. Robert Q. Williams
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    South Carolina Senator Dick Elliott
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    South Carolina Senator Michael T. Rose
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    South Carolina Rep. Liston D. Barfield
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    South Carolina Rep. Nelson L. Hardwick
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    South Carolina Rep. William G. Herbkersman
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    South Carolina Rep. William M. Hixon
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    South Carolina Rep. Phillip D. Lowe
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    South Carolina Rep. Dennis C. Moss
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    South Carolina Rep. Steve Moss
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    South Carolina Rep. Lewis E. Pinson
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    South Carolina Rep. James Roland Smith
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    South Carolina Rep. Thad T. Viers
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    South Carolina Rep. W. Brian White
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    South Carolina Rep. Andy Patrick
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    South Carolina Rep. Bill Chumley
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    South Carolina Rep. Bill Crosby
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    South Carolina Rep. Bill Taylor
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    South Carolina Rep. Bruce W. Bannister
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    South Carolina Rep. Chip Huggins
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    South Carolina Rep. Chip Limehouse, III
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    South Carolina Rep. Dan Hamilton
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    South Carolina Rep. Deborah Long
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    South Carolina Rep. Doug Brannon
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    South Carolina Rep. Eric J. Bikas
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    South Carolina Rep. G. Murrell Smith, Jr.
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    South Carolina Rep. George M. Hearn
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    South Carolina Rep. Jay Lucas
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    South Carolina Rep. Joseph S. Daning
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    South Carolina Rep. Kenny Bingham
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    South Carolina Rep. Kevin R. Ryan
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    South Carolina Rep. L. Kit Spires
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    South Carolina Rep. Mac Toole
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    South Carolina Rep. Mark N. Willis
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    South Carolina Rep. Mike Gambrell
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    South Carolina Rep. Mike Sottile
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    South Carolina Rep. Phil Owens
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    South Carolina Rep. Phyllis Henderson
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    South Carolina Rep. Rita Allison
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    South Carolina Rep. Shannon S. Erickson
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    South Carolina Rep. Steve A. Parker
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    South Carolina Rep. Tom Young, Jr.
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    South Carolina Rep. Tommy M. Stringer
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    South Carolina Rep. Tracy R. Edge
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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