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  1. toto
    September 1, 2017 @ 5:38 am

    The National Popular Vote bill in 2017 has passed in the New Mexico Senate and Oregon House.
    It was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    Since 2006, the bill has passed 35 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, Democratic, Republican and purple states with 261 electoral votes, including one house in Arizona (11), Arkansas (6), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), The District of Columbia, Maine (4), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15), Oklahoma (7), and Oregon (7), and both houses in California, Colorado (9), Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico (5), New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
    The bill has been enacted by the District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (19), New Jersey (14), Maryland (11), California (55), Massachusetts (10), New York (29), Vermont (3), Rhode Island (4), and Washington (13). These 11 jurisdictions have 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


  2. toto
    September 1, 2017 @ 5:37 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that congressional consent is only necessary for interstate compacts that ‘encroach upon or interfere with the just supremacy of the United States [U.S. Steel Corporation v. Multistate Tax Commission, 1978].’ Because the choice of method of appointing presidential Electors is an “exclusive” and “plenary” state power, there is no encroachment on federal authority.
    Thus, under established compact jurisprudence, congressional consent would not be necessary for the National Popular Vote compact to become effective.


    • Janet Maker
      September 1, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

      Thanks for the info–that’s good news.


      • Deena Solomon
        September 6, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

        Content and delivery of this article helped me understand the EC – maybe for the first time.

        Thanks Dr. Maker



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