National Popular Vote

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National Popular Vote is an initiative in 2007 to change state laws in order to guarantee that the winner of the popular vote nationwide will be given a majority of the Electoral College votes, and thereby become President even if the candidate did not win the Electoral College as traditionally tabulated.[1]

This state-by-state effort to circumvent the traditional operation of the Electoral College results from a recognition that there is insufficient support for amending the U.S. Constitution to attain the same result.

As of March 27, 2007, the state legislatures of Colorado and Tennessee had rejected efforts to change their state laws governing how their members of the Electoral College vote in presidential elections.[2]

But as of April 29, 2009, five states representing 61 of the goal of 270 electoral votes had passed this into law: Washington, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey.