Act No. 10 (S.31). Elections, president; national popular vote; agreement among the states
This act is an interstate compact regarding electing the president and vice president by a national popular vote. Pursuant to the compact, prior to the time the presidential electors meet and vote for president and vice president (the "presidential slate"), the total number of votes cast for a presidential slate in every state and the District of Columbia shall be determined and then added together to produce a "national popular vote total" for each presidential slate. The presidential slate with the largest national popular vote total shall be the "national popular vote winner." This compact would require each state that is a member of the compact to appoint in that state the presidential electors nominated in that state in association with the national popular vote winner.
Although this act becomes effective in Vermont on July 1, 2011, the terms of the compact would not take effect until states (which, pursuant to the compact, includes the District of Columbia) possessing a majority of the electoral votes - that is, at least 270 of the total 538 electoral votes - have enacted this agreement in substantially the same form and the enactments have taken effect in each state. The result of this compact is that the presidential slate obtaining the most popular votes nationwide would win an election, instead of the current method of determining the presidential slate winners based on separate statewide vote counts.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011
Also see: Professions and Occupations; Act No. 66 (H.420). Professions and occupations; licensing