Identical legislation has passed the Colorado state senate, passed a Louisiana committee, been the subject of a hearing in Missouri, won bipartisan support in Illinois and last week was introduced into the New York Assembly by five Republicans - all in just the three months since the proposal was unveiled in February at a Washington, D.C. news conference that included former Members of Congress Birch Bayh (D-IN), John Anderson (R-IL and independent candidate for president) and John Buchanan (R-AL).
"We're pleased to see California legislators acting on the widely-acknowledged fact that presidential elections ignore far too many voters. We need a president of the United States, not the United Swing States," commented National Popular Vote president Barry Fadem. "We look forward to working with Republicans, Democrats and independents in every state in the nation to make this plan a reality, and give all Americans an equal say in presidential elections."
"California legislators were right to support this bill," commented Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, a nonpartisan reform organization and an ally in the National Popular Vote coalition. "The Constitution assigns the task of improving presidential elections to states. It's clear that Californians now get absolutely zero attention in presidential campaigns unless being asked for a check. Indeed Californians have experienced one of the nation's four largest declines in youth turnout, down fully 18% since 1972 - hardly surprising given the rising voter turnout gap between battleground and spectator states."
Co-authors of the book Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan For Electing The President By National Popular Vote, include Stanford consulting professor John Koza, FairVote's Rob Richie and National Popular Vote president Barry Fadem. FairVote also produced the groundbreaking report Presidential Election Inequality.
For more information, see www.fairvote.org/presidential and www.nationalpopularvote.com.