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I wrote on this subject on Nov. 18 in Reader Opinion, but because of comments I received, further explanation is needed.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among several U.S. states. States passing this interstate compact have agreed to replace their current rules regarding the apportionment of presidential electors with rules guaranteeing the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The agreement is to go into effect only when the participating states that have joined the compact and together have an absolute majority in the Electoral College.

In the subsequent presidential election, the participating states would award all their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, who as a result would win the presidency by winning more than half of electoral votes. Until the compact is joined by states with a majority of electoral votes, all states will continue to award their electoral votes in their current manner.

The compact is based on Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives each state legislature the right to decide how to appoint its own electors. Under the compact the states would award their electoral votes to the most popular vote winner nationwide not statewide.

As of April 2012 nine states and the District of Columbia have made this compact their state law, to become effective when at least 270 electoral vote states have joined to guarantee a majority. Twelve other states have passed legislation through one or both state houses, so this initiative has a good chance of becoming law in enough states to make it a reality.

For complete information on this subject Google “Popular Vote” Wikipedia has all the facts.

Please urge legislators to support this compact.

Joe Lanz


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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