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Anti-Electoral College bill moving in Rhode Island

Tweet Rhode Island used to be known for its independence and spunk. It was the first American colony to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown. It refused to send delegates the Constitutional Convention and (stubborn to the end!) did not ratify the U.S. Constitution until after George Washington had already been elected and...
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Is Pennsylvania Hijacking the Presidential Election?

Is Pennsylvania Hijacking the Presidential Election?

Tweet Readers of this blog will remember that the National Popular Vote campaign is striving to effectively eliminate the Electoral College by asking states to allocate their electors to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the winner of state popular votes. Now, it looks like NPV’s long road to changing the...
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Congressional District System Proposed in Pennsylvania

Congressional District System Proposed in Pennsylvania

Tweet Pennsylvania Republicans want to change the state’s method of awarding presidential electors: Instead of a winner-take-all system, they propose to award electors based on congressional district.  http://bit.ly/qp1z6S One of the great strengths of the current system is the great discretion given to state legislatures in picking a manner of elector allocation. If Pennsylvania...
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NPV spends lots, fails again in Rhode Island

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Tweet The NPV (a state-by-state campaign to abolish the Electoral College) has amassed 77 electoral votes by state legislatures passing bills committing their votes to the winner of the national popular vote. For more back story, click here. What’s surprising is the amount of time, energy and money they’ve spent in one tiny state: Rhode Island....
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Vermont Legislators Vote Against the Electoral College

Tweet Vermont is one gubernatorial signature away from joining an effort to ditch the Electoral College. The Vermont legislature gave final approval to the National Popular Vote plan last week. (More details regarding the mechanics of the legislation can be found here.) As a legislator, Governor Shumlin once sponsored the bill, so he is...
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Will Connecticut Become the 7th State to Adopt NPV?

Tweet On Friday, a Connecticut legislative committee held a hearing on the NPV proposal.  The hearing was lengthy, and the committee heard testimony from close to a dozen people. I was able to make it to Hartford for the day and was glad for the opportunity to talk to the committee about the dangers...
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Massachusetts Senate Ignores JFK’s Advice

Tweet Late last week, the Massachusetts state senate voted to approve the National Popular Vote bill.  The house had already approved the measure in June.  These votes mean that Massachusetts is almost certain to become the sixth state to approve NPV. But, as they say, it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings. There...
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What is “National Popular Vote”?

What is “National Popular Vote”?

Tweet The Electoral College was one of the least controversial provisions of the original Constitution. The state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States gives each state a number of Electoral Votes equal to the sum of their U.S. Representatives and Senators (and Washington, D.C., gets three). Nearly all states award all...
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Will Delaware Act Against Its Own Interests?

Will Delaware Act Against Its Own Interests?

Tweet The Delaware Senate spent portions of this week considering HB 198, which would commit the state to NPV’s anti-Electoral College scheme. The House already approved the legislation last year, so senate approval would send the bill to the Governor’s desk. The Senate has three legislative days left in which it could still approve...
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Urgent Citizen Briefing: N.Y., Mass., Del.

Urgent Citizen Briefing: N.Y., Mass., Del.

Tweet Tonight Save Our States is hosting a Citizens’ Briefing to explain the importance of the Electoral College and the threat of the National Popular Vote plan. A lot of people don’t like the Electoral College. Even more people don’t understand it. There are plenty of arguments for the institution’s irreplaceable contribution to American...
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NPV Moves in N.Y, Mass.

NPV Moves in N.Y, Mass.

Tweet Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation, part of the attempt to unravel the Electoral College without amending the Constitution. Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed the same bill. In each state, the measure moves to the other legislative chamber for consideration. So far this year...
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NPV Fails in Augusta

NPV Fails in Augusta

Tweet Maine’s National Popular Vote bill (LD 56) was brought to the House floor and solidly defeated on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The vote was 95 against and only 50 for the bill. The floor action came just two weeks after the Save Our States visit to Augusta. Much of the credit for this...
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Why Save our States?

The genius of the United States of America: we are both United and States. The American system of states is Federalism. One part of it is the Electoral College, the state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States.

Some 'reformers' want to unravel our system of states. The Freedom Foundation’s Save Our States Project is dedicated to preserving these structures for the sake of liberty. Find out more and join us.