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The Every Vote Counts Amendment is a joint resolution to amend the United States Constitution, providing for the popular election of the president and vice president under a new electoral system. This proposed amendment would abolish the electoral college in United States presidential elections and have every presidential election determined by a plurality (non-majority) of the popular vote. It was introduced by Representative Gene Green of Texasmarker on September 14, 2004. Representative Green re-introduced the legislation on January 7, 2009.

As of April 2009 two other joint resolutions have been proposed in the 111th Congress to amend the Constitution to establish a national popular vote for the president and vice-president. Sponsored by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., H.J. Resolution 36 would require a majority vote for president. Sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson, S.J. Resolution 4 would leave the method of election to an Act of Congress.

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  • Section 1. The President and Vice President shall be elected by the people of the several States and the district constituting the seat of government of the United States.

  • Section 2. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of Senators and Representatives in Congress from that State, except that the legislature of any State may prescribe less restrictive qualifications with respect to residence and Congress may establish uniform residence and age qualifications.

  • Section 3. The persons having the greatest number of votes for President and Vice President shall be elected.

  • Section 4. Each elector shall cast a single vote jointly applicable to President and Vice President. Names of candidates may not be joined unless they shall have consented thereto and no candidate may consent to the candidate's name being joined with that of more than one other person.

  • Section 5. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any candidate for President or Vice President before the day on which the President-elect or Vice President-elect has been chosen, and for the case of a tie in any election.

  • Section 6. This article shall apply with respect to any election for President and Vice President held after the expiration of the 1-year period which begins on the date of the ratification of this article.

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