National Popular Vote

After the electoral mess of 2000, which came close to being repeated in 2004, many of us believed that the time had come for electoral college reform at the national level. While a constitutional amendment seemed out of reach, one proposal, the National Popular Vote compact, seems to be a workable solution. Under the National Popular Vote, each of the states would agree to award all of their electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia). If states with a majority of the electoral votes adopted and abided by the National Popular Vote, the compact would take effect (and be effective).

The National Popular Vote web site suggests that the National Popular Vote passed the Massachusetts House in 2008 and the Massachusetts Senate in 2009, but for some unexplained reason failed to become law. Is the National Popular Vote a measure you support, and if so, what steps can you take to push it forward to enactment?

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