BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Today, Governor Deval Patrick signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“We want to ensure that every vote in every state is counted and that the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all fifty states (and the District of Columbia) is guaranteed the presidency.”
“Governor Patrick’s signature brings us one critical step closer to making every vote in every state equal when electing the President of the United States,” said John Koza, Chairman of National Popular Vote. “We thank our supporters and look forward to continued progress around the country.”
The bill has now been enacted into law in states possessing 73 electoral votes—27% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the legislation. The states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington.
The action in Massachusetts follows the recent 52-7 vote in the New York State Senate, in which Republicans supported the bill by a 22-5 margin (with 3 not voting) and Democrats supporting by a 30-2 margin.
Under the National Popular Vote bill, all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).
The bill assures that every vote will matter in every state in every presidential election.
The bill preserves the Electoral College, while reforming state winner-take-all laws so that the Electoral College reflects the vote of the people in all 50 states (and DC).
“National Popular Vote is a bi-partisan coalition of citizens, legislators and academics working to give every American a stronger voice in presidential elections,” said Koza. “We want to ensure that every vote in every state is counted and that the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all fifty states (and the District of Columbia) is guaranteed the presidency.”
National Popular Vote has now passed 30 legislative chambers in 20 states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington).
For more information, please visit www.NationalPopularVote.com.
For a one-page description of the bill visit http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/pages/explanation.php#exp_1page
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