National Popular Vote

Did you know that Americans don't elect our President? He or she actually is chosen by an "Electoral College" of 535 people, one for every congressional district. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you're actually voting for a slate of electors pledged -- but not legally bound -- to support that candidate in the Electoral College.

This system has given us four Presidents who received less than a majority of the popular vote. Common Cause supports replacing it with a National Popular Vote Plan that would require electors from participating states to vote for the candidate who receives a majority of the national popular vote.

The National Popular Vote Compact has been adopted by ten states and the District of Columbia, with a total of 165 electoral votes. It will take effect once states with 270 votes, a majority of the Electoral College, have joined. We're 61% of the way there.

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New York's Legislature has approved the National Popular Vote (NPV) interstate compact, joining nine other states and Washington, D.C. in moving to ensure that the presidential candidate receiving the most votes on Election Day will be sworn in on...

New York Legislature backs National Popular Vote
March 26, 2014

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