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There were no fewer than four national popular vote bills proposed in the state legislature this year, and it looks embarrassingly like I was following

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So We Did Pass a National Popular Vote Bill

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There were no fewer than four national popular vote bills proposed in the state legislature this year, and it looks embarrassingly like I was following the wrong ones (see also here and here). Senate Bill 5599 made it through and was signed by Governor Gregoire last week, much to the chagrin of the Seattle Times, for whose old-codgerness I am grateful, as it alerted me to the good news.

The specs on the bill: As soon as a collection of states whose electoral votes add up to a majority sign on, Washington will give its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. This would end the practice of weighting more heavily the votes of lightly populated states. (For example, Washington has more than 12 times as many residents as Wyoming but fewer than four times as many electors.) So far, five states have signed on--Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, Illinois, and New Jersey--totaling 61 electoral votes. Now all that's needed is for states with at least 209 electoral votes to sign on as well.

 
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