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The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is the most promising, as it bypasses the difficult process of amending the constitution, without being unconstitutional.

The Constitution says that States decide how their electors are chosen. Nearly all States (and the District of Columbia, which has 3 electors) use the "Winner Takes All System", which allowed George W. Bush to win the election in 2000 despite the fact Al Gore got more votes.

There are two exceptions. Maine (4 electors) and Nebraska (5 electors) can split their vote if the less popular candidate gets a majority in a congressional district. The only time this happened was in 2008, when John McCain won the state of Nebraska, but Barack Obama carried the majority of votes in the 2nd district. The vote was split 4-1.

Currently a candidate needs to carry enough states to win 270 electoral votes in order to win. If at least 270 electoral votes were from states who had agreed to the NPVIC, the winner of the nationwide popular vote would always win.

Basically, each state that signs up to the NPVIC would agree to send electors to vote for the candidate which receives the largest number of votes in the country, and not in the state itself. This does not come into force until enough states have agreed and 270 electoral votes belong to NPVIC states.

To agree to the NPVIC, states have to pass legislation. Currently, six states have done this: Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Hawaii. The District of Columbia, which is not a state, has also done this. This means 74 out of the 270 necessary votes are held by NPVIC states.

Our most recent news is that the Bill has passed the Vermont Senate, and it is very likely it will pass the Assembly and be enacted. The previous Governor vetoed the proposal, but the new Governor supports it.

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Four options to the Electoral College Individual states can also adopt instant runoffs without a Constitutional amendment. Instant runoff voting on a national scale. Voters could rank their preferences and majority would win. Direct voting where majority wins

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I am not aware of any serious move to change the electoral college. Some people think it should be abolished and let popular vote decide the election. Possibly all electors should be forced to vote for the candidate they supported when the election was held. Another change might be to force the removal the " winner take all" effect and require all states to split the electors to correspond to the popular vote.

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stop being a lazy scrub and read your book love,Chhim Daddy

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-district plan

-proportional plan

-direct popular election plan

-national bonus plan

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1) abolition of the Electoral college

2) the proposal advanced by the National Popular Vote organization

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