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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Buckle up for a popular president

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:27 PM

John Williams reports: The bill for Arkansas to sidestep the electoral college process and eventually provide for election of president by a popular vote when enough states have joined the movement, passed the House today 56-43. That's HB 1339. Roll call will be here eventually. It goes to the Senate.

The primary seatbelt bill passed the House 60-31. SB 78 now goes to the governor, or it will once questions about the emergency clause are resolved. Emergency clause vote fell short initially.

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Arkansas House Agrees Every Vote Should be Equal
 
LITTLE ROCK - The National Popular Vote bill passed the Arkansas House of Representatives today and is now headed for consideration in the Senate. House members agreed with the sponsors that it is time for Arkansas to play a role in presidential elections rather than sit on the sidelines. The bill's passage by a wider margin than in it passed in 2007 is a sign of the bill's growing momentum in Arkansas.
 
"I'm proud that the House voted to take Arkansas off the sidelines, and give us a voice in picking the president," Rep. Eddie Cooper (D-Melbourne) said, the bill's lead sponsor. "A vote in Arkansas should count just as much as a vote in Florida or Ohio."
 
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the winner of the popular vote in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. If passed the bill would award Arkansas' six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote nationally. The bill is an interstate compact and would only take effect when states possessing 270 electoral votes have enacted the law. A December 2008 poll showed 80% of Arkansans support a national popular vote for president.
 
National Popular Vote is a 501(c)4 organization promoting this bill across the country. The National Popular Vote bill has passed twenty-two legislative chambers and is enacted in four states (Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and Illinois). It is endorsed by more than 1,200 legislators around the country as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, The Boston Globe and many other leading newspapers.

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