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National Popular Vote does not replace the Electoral College,

 it replaces the winner-take-all laws that dominate it.

  • The Electoral College is part of the Constitution. The winner-take-all laws that dominate it are NOT, they are state laws that require all the electoral votes of a state be cast for the winner of the popular vote within that state. In a period extending from the 1790’s through the 1800’s, these winner-take-all laws replaced other state laws that before them, determined the way the president was elected.

  • Because the National Popular Vote does not change the Constitution, (just winner-take-all state laws that dominate the Electoral College) a constitutional amendment is not required.

  • The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is itself, state legislation that since 2006 has been making it's way across the country and guarantees the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes nationwide. The Compact currently has 10 member states and D.C. worth 165 electoral votes. When the minimum number of electoral votes required to win the presidency (270) are locked up with the addition of sufficient states equaling another 105 electoral votes, the Compact will trigger, and in the following election, all member states will appoint electors who are supporters of the national popular vote winner to cast their votes. 

In that event, even if you DO NOT LIVE IN A MEMBER STATE, if you voted for president,

you are part of the National Popular Vote and YOUR VOTE WILL COUNT FOR PRESIDENT.

Winner-Take-All vs National Popular Vote:
  1. Can either voting system be exploited?

  2. Which voting system protects the interests of small states like Utah?

  3. Does either system favor a party or region?

  4. Does it really matter which system we use?

  5. What makes conservatives raise eyebrows and liberals gasp?

  6. What would no "sane" candidate ever do?

Encourage people you know in states where the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is being introduced to support the legislation. Send them the link to: OPEN STATES to find their legislators' and committee members' contact information anywhere in the nation.



Sign up for the NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE MARCH FOR 2020 on October 7th 2017. Join the movement to make the 2020 presidential election the first where every vote in every state is equal! ​​


NPV HB 175 has been put on pause for the 2018 session as the legislative sponsor wisely sees that to pass it out of committee now would give the bill a "cold" start in the 2018 session when it hits the house floor. Therefore, HB175 will be picked up in the 2018 session, having already passed the House State Affairs committee and had its initial hearing in the House Judiciary committee.​​

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  • UTAH:

Save the date and stay tuned: NPV UTAH has signed up in solidarity with New Mexico and will be planning a National Popular Vote Day event on Saturday 10/7/17. Join this national movement, have a great time while creating awareness and support for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact in preparation for Utah's 2018 legislative session. Utah NPV Day Festival: it's going to be FUN-damental!

 LATEST NEWS ON NPV - 7/12/17                               
  • If you would like to be included in a weekly email update of NPV action across the nation or are interested in helping with this effort, please click on the "You Can Act" button or email NPV Utah: 

  • The new president has unofficially endorsed a national popular vote very publicly, two times in the last five years. It's time for him to do it officially.

  • Help spread the word about the movement to reform the Electoral College.

  • Join the effort to make the new president accountable for what he said.


WINNER-TAKE-ALL ELECTORAL MAP 2016                             
  • The traditional Electoral College map creates a totally misleading representation of party influence by literally painting each state as one political bulwark or another.

  • It’s just not the case. In 2016, Utah went 54% Independent and Democrat, California went almost 40% Republican. Winner-take-all laws sequester those votes within state boundaries and then throws them away when the state goes "red" or "blue."

  • “Battleground” states are a product of winner-take-all laws, because it makes no sense for candidates to visit states where they are sure to win or sure to lose the popular vote within those states.

  • Alternately, spending precious campaign time and money where only a small number of votes can flip the entire electoral strength of a state in their favor, makes great sense financially and politically.

  • Since 2000, only 7 to 12 “battleground” states, ranging from small ones like New Hampshire to large ones like Florida, have controlled the outcome of presidential elections, undercutting the interests of as much as ¾ of the rest of the nation.

  • A National Popular Vote map would look more like this, making it stunningly clear that the country is just as much sagebrush, prairie, forest and farmland, than Republicans, Democrats or Independents. 

  • In a NPV election, with state boarders deemphasized, individual votes all over the country would draw in candidates like magnets, giving all states the ear of the future president, (no matter which party wins) and many of the benefits that provides. 

  • Over a million votes were cast in the small state of Utah in 2016. That’s worth showing up for. Many presidential elections have been won or lost by less. When the whole nation is a battleground state, the voters in small states like Utah can no longer be ignored. 

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