National Popular Vote Plan Poised to Pass Halfway Mark with New Win

by - June 14, 2013

The National Popular Vote plan (NPV), which will guarantee the presidency of the United States to the winner of the popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, is poised to pass its halfway mark to implementation after both houses of the Rhode Island General Assembly passed the bill yesterday with votes of 30-4 in the Senate and 41-31 in the House. The vote earned real bipartisan support, including more than 75% of members of each major party in the state senate. Governor Lincoln Chafee (I), who coauthored an op-ed with FairVote Rhode Island's Ari Savitzky five years ago in favor of NPV, is expected to sign the bill into law once it officially makes it out of the legislature and unto his desk. If and when Rhode Island and its four electoral votes become part of the NPV compact, the participating states will together have 136, or more than half, of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the compact for the 2016 election.

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