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On November 7, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation making
New York's approval of the National Popular Vote compact permanent.
Governor Cuomo's press release said:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that secures New
York's place on the list of states that have joined National Popular
Vote compact. By signing this legislation, Governor Cuomo seeks to
guarantee that every vote in every state will matter in every
The bill (S.5478/A.6044) modifies legislation signed by Governor Cuomo
in 2014 that added New York to an interstate agreement in which member
states commit to award their electoral votes for president to the
candidate that receives a majority of the national popular vote. The
original legislation required that New York be removed from the compact
at the end of 2018 if the agreement had not been adopted nationally.
This new measure removed this expiration date and keeps New York on the
list of states supporting the National Popular Vote indefinitely.
"This action will help ensure every vote is treated equally and places
New York at the forefront of the battle for fairer elections and
strengthen our democracy," Governor Cuomo said. "Making the national
popular vote a binding one will enable all voices to be heard and
encourage candidates to appeal to voters in all states."
By signing on to the National Popular Vote Compact, New York pledges to
award its 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote
in ALL 50 States plus the District of Columbia, but only to take effect
once enough other states have passed identical legislation to comprise a
majority of the Electoral Colleges 538 votes. The compact currently
contains 165 of the necessary 270 electoral votes (61 percent).
A federal constitutional amendment is not required to effect this
change, as Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution
provides states the plenary power to award electoral votes in any manner
they choose. Currently, like 47 other states, New York uses the
winner-take-all method in which the winner of the popular vote in New
York State receives all of its electors. This method was used by only 3
states in 1789.
The National Popular Vote legislation adheres to the basic principles of
fairness in elections. Under the current winner-take-all system,
Presidential candidates are able to ignore reliably Republican and
Democrat states, like New York, and focus all of their attention and
resources on a select group of battleground states. Therefore,
candidates have no reason to focus on the many issues that matter to
millions of New Yorkers across the state. The current system
artificially divides the country into red, blue, and swing states. New
York is a victim of this system despite ranking 4th in the country with
over 13 million eligible voters, New York ranked dead last in
Presidential campaign spending.
Senator Joseph Griffo said, "As Election Day finally arrives, every New
Yorker wants to know their vote for President will matter in deciding
the future of our country. I am proud to have sponsored legislation that
will allow New York State to join the National Popular Vote Compact, and
the amendment signed by the Governor today will now give more states
enough time to join this interstate agreement. A national popular vote
compact will make New York relevant, so that we can't be ignored or
taken for granted as the candidates instead fight over the few
winner-take-all battleground states that historically have decided who
is elected president. In the 21st Century, every vote really should
count, and this legislation will help achieve that democratic ideal in a
way that respects the Constitution."
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said, "Only in the world's greatest
democracy, the person who receives the most votes for President is not
necessarily the winner. National Popular Vote would change that, and it
would mean that every American's vote in every state would count
equally. Currently, New York is a bystander in Presidential elections,
where candidates spend most of the time in battleground states. It's
time that New York issues count =E2=80=93 that New Yorkers count. I am prou=
be the sponsor of National Popular Vote in New York and applaud Governor
Cuomo for signing this legislation that will keep the National Popular
Vote compact in place in New York."
The compact has now been enacted through legislation in 10 states:
California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New
Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington D.C.
On April 15, 2014 =E2=80=94 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the National Po=
Vote bill, making New York the 11th jurisdiction to enact the law.
Governor Cuomo's press release
One Person, One Vote? Maybe One Day in New York Times by Juliet Lapidos
New York joins accord to strengthen popular vote in presidential
elections by Chester Jesus Soria
CBS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs National Popular Vote Bill
silive: New York joins 'National Popular Vote' compact
On March 25, 2014, the New York Legislature completed action on the
National Popular Vote bill and sent it to Governor Cuomo. The Senate
passed the bill by a 57=E2=80=934 margin, and the Assembly passed the bill
102=E2=80=9333. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Joseph Griffo and
Democratic Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.
In the Senate, Republicans supported the bill 27=E2=80=932; Republicans end=
by the Conservative Party by 26=E2=80=932; Democrats supported the bill 30=
Democrats supported by the Working Families Party supported the bill 25=E2=
In the Assembly, Republicans supported the bill 21=E2=80=9318; Republicans
endorsed by the Conservative party supported the bill 18=E2=80=9316; Democr=
supported the bill 81=E2=80=9315. Democrats endorsed by the Working Families
Party supported the bill by 59=E2=80=9311.
Wall Street Journal article
Assemblymember Jeff Dinowitz presents bill in New York Assembly
On June 12, 2013, the New York State Assembly approved the National
Popular Vote bill (A4422-S3149) by a 100=E2=80=9340 margin. A total of 78
Democrats and 22 Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
The Conservative Party of New York endorsed the National Popular
New York inches toward Electoral College reform
Assemblymember Jeffery Dinowitz (sponsor) debates bill on June 12, 2013
Assemblymember Carl. E. Heastie debates bill on June 12, 2013
Assemblymember Joan L. Millman debates bill on June 12, 2013
Assemblymember Sandy Galef debates bill on June 12, 2013
On February 5, 2013, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in
the New York Assembly and Senate (A4422-S3149). The Senate bill was
sponsored by Senators Joseph A. Griffo, and Kevin S. Parker. The
Assembly bill was sponsored by Assemblymen Jeffrey Dinowitz, Fred W.
Thiele. Jr., Joan L. Millman, Sandy Galef, Charles D. Lavine, Brian
Kavanagh, Richard N. Gottfried, Vivian E. Cook, Ellen Jaffee, Michele R.
Titus, Steve Englebright, Nick Perry, Daniel J. O'Donnell, Amy Paulin,
Barbara Lifton, Karim Camara, Annette Robinson, Felix Ortiz, Jose
Rivera, Phil Ramos, Dan Quart, Inez D. Barron, William F. Boyland, Jr.,
Alec Brook-Krasny, William Colton, Nelson L. Castro, James F. Brennan,
Michelle Schimel, Vanessa L. Gibson, Earlene Hooper, Donna A. Lupardo,
Aileen M. Gunther, Linda B. Rosenthal, Mark Weprin, Michael Miller,
William B. Magnarelli, Eric A. Stevenson, Robert J. Rodriguez, Phillip
Goldfeder, Kenneth Zebrowski, Phil Steck, Luis R. Sepulveda, Al Stirpe,
Walter T. Mosley, Thomas J. Abinanti, Carmen E. Arroyo, Anthony J.
Brindisi, Marcos A. Crespo, Clifford W. Crouch, Steven Cymbrowitz,
Michael G. DenDekker, Janet L. Duprey, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Patricia
Fahy, Deborah J. Glick, Stephen Hawley, Carl E. Heastie, Rhoda Jacobs,
Joseph R. Lentol, Peter D. Lopez, William Magee, Alan Maisel, Margaret
M. Markey, John T. McDonald, III, David G. McDonough, Francisco P. Moya,
Bob Oaks, Sean Ryan, William Scarborough, Michael Simanowitz, Frank K.
Skartados, Robert K. Sweeney, Matthew Titone, Helene E. Weinstein, and
On June 7, 2011, the Republican-controlled New York Senate passed the
National Popular Vote bill (S4208 / AB 489) by a 47=E2=80=9313 margin, with
Republicans favoring the bill by 21=E2=80=9311 and Democrats favoring it by
26=E2=80=932. Republicans endorsed by the Conservative Party favored the bi=
17=E2=80=937. The bill now goes to the New York State Assembly. The bill pa=
the New York Senate in 2010 when the chamber was controlled by Democrats
and has now passed with the chamber controlled by Republicans.
New York Times editorial
Assemblyman Dinowitz: Make New York Matter
"NPV Overwhelmingly Passes New York Senate" by Hendrik Hertzberg in
The New Yorker blog
Senator Griffo Says "National Popular Vote Passage Could Become a
Presidential Gamechanger" in Oneida County Courier
Op-Ed in Albany Times Union by John Koza
Video "Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker" and interview
with Dr. John R. Koza on April 20, 2010
Legislative Gazette article
New York League of Women Voters Endorses Bill
Bob Keeler Column in Newsday (June 1, 2011)
Senator Joseph Griffo (sponsor) debates bill on June 7, 2011
New York Senate votes on bill on June 7, 2011
In February 2011, Senator Joseph A. Griffo introduced the National
Popular Vote bill (S4208) in the New York Senate.
The National Popular Vote bill in the Assembly is sponsored by Jeffrey
Dinowitz, Fred W. Thiele Jr., Sandy Galef, Charles D. Lavine, Brian
Kavanagh, Joan L. Millman, Mike Spano, Richard N. Gottfried, Vivian E.
Cook, Ellen Jaffee, Steve Englebright, N. Nick Perry, Daniel J.
O'Donnell, Amy Paulin, Barbara Lifton, Karim Camara, Annette Robinson,
Michele R. Titus, Felix Ortiz, Jose Rivera, Phil Ramos, Inez D. Barron,
William F. Boyland, Jr., Alec Brook-Krasny, William Colton, James F.
Brennan, Nelson L. Castro, Donna A. Lupardo, Nettie Mayersohn, Linda B.
Rosenthal, John J. McEneny, Michelle Schimel, Hakeem Jeffries, Vanessa
L. Gibson, Earlene Hooper, Naomi Rivera, Aileen M. Gunther, William B.
Magnarelli, Sam Hoyt, Peter Manuel Rivera, David I. Weprin, Eric
Stevenson, Mike Miller, Robert Rodriguez, George Latimer, Guillermo
Linares, Philip Boyle, Daniel J. Burling, Marcos Crespo, Clifford W.
Crouch, Steven Cymbrowitz, Michael G. DenDekker, Janet L. Duprey, Gary
Finch, Deborah J. Glick, Stephen Hawley, Carl E. Heastie, Rhoda Jacobs,
Rory I. Lancman, George Latimer, Joseph R. Lentol, Peter D. Lopez,
William Magee, Alan Maisel, Margaret M. Markey, Grace Meng, Dean Murray,
Robert Oaks, Audrey I. Pheffer, Andrew Raia, Teresa R. Sayward, William
Scarborough, Robert K. Sweeney, Matthew Titone, Helene E. Weinstein,
Harvey Weisenberg, and Kenneth Zebrowski.
On June 7, 2010, the New York Senate passed the National Popular Vote
bill (S2286A / A1580B), with over two-thirds of both political parties
supporting the bill in a 52-7 roll call. The vote was 22-5 among Senate
Republicans (with 3 not voting) and 30-2 among Senate Democrats. The
bill now goes to the 150-member Assembly where it has 80 sponsors.
New York Senate passes National Popular Vote bill 52-7
On February 17, 2009, the National Popular Vote bill (S2286A) was
introduced in the New York Senate by Senators Kevin S. Parker, Liz
Krueger, and George Onorato. The bill currently has a total of 18
sponsoring, also including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Antoine M.
Thompson, Bill Perkins, Diane J. Savino, Eric Adams, Eric Schneiderman,
Hiram Monserrate, John L. Sampson, Jose M. Serrano, Neil D. Breslin,
Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Shirley L. Huntley, Velmanette Montgomery,
William T. Stachowski, and Darrel J. Aubertine.
On December 23, 2008, the National Popular Vote bill was introduced in
the New York Assembly for the 2009 session by Assemblymember Jeffrey
Dinowitz and others. The amended bill (A1580B) currently has a total 61
sponsors in the Assembly, including Assembly members Adam Clayton Powell
IV, Alan Maisel, Anthony S. Seminerio, Felix Ortiz, Fred W. Thiele Jr.,
Jose R. Peralta, Jose Rivera, Karim Camara, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Keith L.T.
Wright, Marc S. Alessi, N. Nick Perry, Phil Ramos, Robert K. Sweeney,
Steve Englebright, Steven Cymbrowitz, William F. Boyland, Jr., William
Magee, William Scarborough, Adriano Espaillat, Alec Brook-Krasny,
Annette Robinson, Aurelia Greene, Brian Kavanagh, Charles D. Lavine,
Daniel J. O'Donnell, David Koon, Deborah J. Glick, Grace Meng, Inez D.
Barron, James F. Brennan, John J. McEneny, Jonathan L. Bing, Linda B.
Rosenthal, Marcus Molinaro, Micah Kellner, Michael G. DenDekker, Mike
Spano, Nelson L. Castro, Peter D. Lopez, Richard N. Gottfried, William
Colton, Amy Paulin, Audrey I. Pheffer, Barbara Lifton, Donna A. Lupardo,
Ellen Jaffee, Ginny Fields, Joan L. Millman, Michele R. Titus, Nettie
Mayersohn, Patricia A. Eddington, Sandy Galef, Teresa R. Sayward, Vivian
E. Cook, Rhoda Jacobs, Philip Boyle, Joseph R. Lentol, Kenneth
Zebrowski, Margaret M. Markey, Janele Hyer-Spencer, Carl E. Heastie,
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Martin Malve Dilan, Pedro Espada, Jr., Suzi
Oppenheimer, Michelle Schimel, Hakeem Jeffries, Vanessa L. Gibson,
Earlene Hooper, Naomi Rivera, David I. Weprin, Rory I. Lancman, Peter D.
Lopez, Frank K. Skartados, Matthew Titone, Andrew Hevesi, Aileen M.
Gunther, William B. Magnarelli, Al Stirpe, Daniel J. Burling, Clifford
W. Crouch, Janet L. Duprey, Dean Murray, Addie J. Russell, and Helene E.
A survey of 800 New York voters conducted on December 22-23, 2008 showed
79% overall support for a national popular vote for President. By
gender, support was 89% among women and 69% among men. By age, support
was 60% among 18-29 year olds, 74% among 30-45 year olds, 85% among
46-65 year olds, and 82% for those older than 65. By race, support was
78% among whites (representing 67% of respondents, 78% among African
Americans (representing 18% of respondents), 86% among Hispanics
(representing 12% of respondents), and 70% among Others (representing 4%
of respondents). Support was 86% among Democrats, 66% among Republicans,
78% among Independence Party members (representing 8% of respondents),
50% among Conservative Party members (representing 3% of respondents),
100% among Working Families Party members (representing 2% of
respondents), and 7% among Others (representing 7% of respondents). The
survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%. December 2008
New York poll
On May 13, 2008, the Assembly Committee on Election Law approved the
National Popular Vote bill.
New York Daily News column
Rome Sentinel article
Lerner letter to editor
On April 15, 2008, Senator Joseph A. Griffo, Chairman of the Senate
Elections Committee, introduced the the National Popular Vote bill in
the New York Senate. (S07582 Status of S07582)
Newsday op-ed by Assemblyman Lavine
On February 12, 2007, Assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz, Fred W. Thiele,
Jr., Sandy Galef, Charles D. Lavine, and Barbara Lifton are sponsoring
the National Popular Vote bill in the New York State Assembly (A3883)
(Status of A3883).
In 2006, five Republican New York Assembly members introduced the bill
(A11563) on May 25, 2006:
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (Republican, Independence, Working
Families =E2=80=93 Sag Harbor);
Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (Republican, Conservative =E2=80=93 Corning);
Assemblyman Joe Errigo (Republican, Conservative =E2=80=93 Conesus);
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (Republican, Conservative, Independence,
Working Families =E2=80=93 East Northport); and
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (Republican, Independence, Conservative
The bill's sponsor, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
stated in 2006:
"Theto insure the popular election of the President is a creative and
innovative way to attain this goal. New York State, the Empire State
should take a leadership role in energizing our democracy."
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