For Immediate Release - August 04, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE BILL

Massachusetts Joins National Movement to Ensure Every Vote Counts in Presidential Elections

BOSTON - Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today signed into law National Popular Vote legislation, a measure that, when enacted by enough states, would ensure presidential candidates are chosen according to the will of the majority of voters.

"I am proud to join other states in this effort to bring more voters and more states into the presidential campaign process," said Governor Patrick. "Voter participation in all 50 states is critical to the strength of our democracy and the national popular vote movement will bring more voters into the fold and ensure that every vote counts."

"With this measure, each and every voter will have an equal voice in our presidential elections," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "This initiative will ensure that our presidential elections reflect the will of the people."

Massachusetts now joins Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington in enacting National Popular Vote bills into law. The measure, which would require states that join the compact to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in all 50 states and Washington,D.C., has passed 30 legislative chambers in 19 states. The compact would only take effect once a number of states adding up to an Electoral College majority (270) joined.

The National Popular Vote movement is designed to increase voter participation and expand the presidential campaign process to all 50 states. Currently, candidates spend the majority of their time campaigning in battleground states.

"The Governor's signature today culminates a four-year effort here in Massachusetts to improve a broken process for electing the President of the United States. By enacting National Popular Vote, Massachusetts has moved the country one step closer to abandoning an outdated system that disenfranchises two-thirds of the country and four times in our history has elected the second-place candidate," said Pamela Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts.

"This is a huge victory. The president should be elected by all of us. Passing this bill sends a message to every voter in Massachusetts: you matter," said Cheryl Crawford, Director of Programs, MassVOTE.

"According to the Oxford University Press dictionary, as originally conceived, members of the Electoral College were expected to be prominent state worthies impervious to transient public moods. In the 21st century, its time to update this system and recognize that each and every voter in a national election is equal," said Janet S. Domenitz, Executive Director, MASSPIRG.

To learn more about the Massachusetts National Popular Vote bill visit: www.commoncause.org/ma or www.nationalpopularvote.com.

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