Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Massachusetts Passes National Popular Vote Law

On Wednesday August 4, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the national popular vote bill. The new law is part of a nationwide effort to award the presidency to the winner of the national popular vote, bypassing the Electoral College. Massachusetts is now the 6th state to sign on, joining Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington.

However, the new law will take effect only when it has been approved by enough other states to guarantee that the majority of Electoral College votes would go the winner of the national popular vote. Massachusetts has 12 electoral votes, bringing the combined total of the six states to 73, 27% of the 270 needed to activate the law.

To learn more about the National Popular Vote, click here.

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