On October 12, 2010, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote bill is one of numerous interstate compacts entered into by the District of Columbia Council under the Home Rule Act of 1973.
On September 21, 2010, the District of Columbia Council passed the National Popular Vote bill by unanimous consent.
A survey of 800 District of Columbia voters conducted on February 10, 2010 showed 76% 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 gender, support was 79% among women and 73% among men. By age, support was 70% among 18-29 year olds, 66% among 30-45 year olds, 83% among 46-65 year olds, and 81% for those older than 65. By race, support was 84% among African-Americans, 66% among whites, 50% among Hispanics (representing 5% of the respondents), and 87% among others (representing 4% of the respondents). Support was 81% among union households and 76% among others. Support was 65% in Ward 1, 64% in Ward 2, 69% in Ward 3, 78% in Ward 4, 77% of Ward 5, 81% in Ward 6, 92% in Ward 7, and 78% in Ward 8. By political affiliation, support for a national popular vote was 80% among Democrats, 74% of independents (74%), and 48% among Republicans (representing 8% of the respondents). The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.