October 13, 2014

About a national popular vote

Fair Vote - The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia). Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and complete power to allocate their electoral votes, and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes-that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).

The bill has had bipartisan support. For example, the most recent state to enter the compact is New York, in April 2014. In the Republican-controlled New York Senate, the chamber approved of the bill 57-4, and majorities of both parties voted for the bill in both legislative chambers. The bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes - 61% of the 270 necessary to activate it. The bill has also passed 32 legislative chambers in 22 jurisdictions (including the District of Columbia.) A total of at least  2,110 state legislators have endorsed the bill as of April 2014.

Many governors have come out in favor of National Popular Vote. Read what they've said about the effort here.

Many organizations have endorsed the National Popular Vote plan.  Learn more about it at our NPV Facts & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

For more information on the National Popular Vote plan, including weekly updates and ways to get involved, please visit NationalPopularVote.com.

For a state-by-state history of the NPV legislation, see http://nationalpopularvote.com/map.php.

1 comment:

MAMADOC said...

Better than that, which would be an improvement on the present state of affairs, would be to send political parties packing altogether. DEMOCRACY WITHOUT POLITICAL PARTIES WOULD BE FOR REAL... That was the message of the Arab Spring in Spain and is the Occupy movmt's intuition, or so I hope...