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Old     (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       12-19-2011, 2:45 PM Reply   
Hadn't thought about this in a while and it came up in conversation when flying back from New York the other day.

The way it works is: "The compact is based on Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives each state legislature the right to decide how to appoint its own electors. States have chosen various methods of allocation over the years, with regular changes in the nation's early decades. Today, all but two states award all of their electoral votes to the candidate with the most popular votes statewide.

States joining the compact will continue to award their electoral votes in their current manner until the compact has been joined by enough states to represent a controlling majority of the Electoral College (currently 270 of the total 538 electoral votes.) After that point, all of the electoral votes of the member states would be cast for the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the national popular vote winner guaranteed a majority in the Electoral College, he or she would automatically win the Electoral College and therefore the presidency."

So far the states that have passed the popular vote interstate compact are:

1 Maryland, 10 votes
2 New Jersey, 14 votes
3 llinois, 20 votes
4 Hawaii, 4 votes
5 Washington, 12 votes
6 Massachusetts, 11 votes
7 District of Columbia, 3 votes
8 Vermont, 3 votes
9 California, 55 votes

So 132 electoral votes out of the needed 270, or almost 50% are available so far. You can see the progress in various states here:


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