National Popular Vote Bill to Be Signed into Law by Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire

Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:12pm EDT

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--(Business Wire)--
On Tuesday, April 28, Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to
sign the National Popular Vote bill into law. 

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate
who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of
Columbia). Under the bill, all the electoral votes from all the states that have
enacted the bill would be awarded, as a bloc, to the presidential candidate who
receives the most popular votes. 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). 

Washington state will join Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey in entering
the compact for a total of 61 electoral votes (23% of the 270 electoral votes
needed). The goal of National Popular Vote is to reach 270 electoral votes in
time for the 2012 presidential election. 

The National Popular Vote bill has been introduced in 48 states legislatures and
has now passed 27 state legislative chambers in 17 states, including chambers in
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon,
Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 

The bill is currently endorsed by 1,636 state legislators - 763 sponsors (in 48
states) and an additional 873 legislators who have cast recorded votes in favor
of the bill. 

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