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Here is the update from the bill’s website. Now is the time to effectively ditch the outmoded and dangerous Electoral College system of electing our Presidents. This is a non-partisan issue, which I wrote about in an essay for the Chicago Literary Club, at http://www.chilit.org.
Not counting Massachusetts, the National Popular Vote bill has, at the present time, support of
26% of the nation’s 7,400 state legislators,
30% of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers, and
states with 23% of the electoral votes needed to bring it into force.
So far, the National Popular Vote compact has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington. The compact, called the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote,” will take effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of electoral votes (that is, 270 of 538). The five states that have now enacted the compact have 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.