Brown Endorses Popular Vote Bill For California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would award all of California’s 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

The movement by a group called National Popular Vote aims to prevent a repeat of 2000, when Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote but Republican George W. Bush won the electoral vote. The proposed change would ensure the winner of the national popular vote becomes president.

With Brown’s signature Monday, California became the eighth state to sign on, giving the effort 132 of the 270 electoral votes it needs to take effect.

California and most other states currently have winner-take-all systems that give all the electoral votes to the candidate who wins the most votes in that state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Jennifer

    Way to disenfranchise every California who doesn’t agree with the national vote, Jerry.

  • landsknekt

    I think this is unconstitutional.

  • falcon

    Do NOT give my vote to someone that I did not vote for!!!! Be careful what you wish for Jerry.

  • Peanut

    @%#&^@$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now my vote really doesn’t count!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    If this was the case, then McCain would be president right now, not Obama…

    • kw4life

      Um…..Obama beat McCain in 2008 by around 10 million votes…..

  • James

    We need to make it so all counties electoral votes are split by each county not one state take all. It makes no sense for a state as diverse as CA, but the dems will never let that happen.

    This bill just made our votes useless.

  • Jeff

    You cannot force an electoral college representative any which way be it take all or county by county, they have the freedom to vote however they wish. It is in the constitution.

    This bill is illegal.

    The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice-President

  • oldfart

    Do away with term limits for president. If we ever get a good one again we won’t get Bushwhacked again.

    • me

      you still have bush derangement syndrome?You dips will still be harping on bush 70 years from now!

  • jackie

    Good, should sign a bill to do away with the electoral votes all together.

    • BillM

      Obviously you have little or no familiarity with the US Constitution. Perhaps it would be best for all if you not vote at all until you take a basis civics course.

  • BillM

    This is a clear example of the arrogance and totalitarianism of the Democrat party. This significant change in voting was not subject to ANY public discussion. This radical change is a reaction to a single special interest group. I would suggest the words from the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D), NY whom stated in 1979:

    There would be genuine pressures to fraud and abuse. It would be an election no one understood until the next day or the day after, with recounts that go on forever, and in any event, with no conclusion, and a runoff to come. The drama, the dignity, and decisiveness and finality of the American political system is drained away in an endless sequence of contests, disputed outcomes, and more contests to resolve outcomes already disrupted.

    That is how LEGITIMACY IS LOST. That is how a nation trivializes those solemn events that make for the singlemost important ingredient of a civil society, which is TRUST.

    BROWN is a dictator in jester’s garb. No critical thinking, just stage one reactions.

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