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Short Explanation
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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    Cato Institute
    Cato Institute debate on National Popular Vote Bill
    July 8, 2010

    Featuring Tara Ross (author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College) and Dr. John R. Koza (author of Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote) moderated by Roger Pilon (Vice President for Legal Affairs of the Cato Institute).

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    00:00-05:04 - Introduction by moderator Roger Pilon (5 minutes)
    05:07-09:12 - Opening statement by John Koza (4 minutes)
    11:02-23:13 - Opening statement by Tara Ross (12 minutes)
    23:32-38:06 - Rebuttal by John Koza (15 minutes)
    38:16-46:08 - Rebuttal by Tara Ross(8 minutes)
    46:26-48:07 - Rebuttal by John Koza (2 minutes)
    48:12-48:26 - Back and forth on one election, 51 different laws
    49:00-51:35 - Q&A Duverger's law and two-party system
    51:48-57:00 - Q&A on plurality winner
    57:14-59:42 - John Samples (Cato Institute) statement and question
    59:42-62:07 - Rebuttal
    62:18-65:33 - Q&A on recounts
    65:48-72:24 - Q&A on interstate ompacts and litigation.
    72:44-74:56 - Q&A on rural votes and new coalitions 
    75:07-78:59 - Rob Richie and Tara Ross on 1992 Election and Geoerge Wallace
    

    Hendrik Hertzberg on New Yorker blogs comments on Debating NPV


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