Electoral college close to being abolished

Opponents of the electoral college reached an important milestone last month.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.) signed a bill into law that committed Rhode Island to the National

Popular Vote interstate compact. That’s a deal wherein states commit to send their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote — but only once states representing over half of all electoral votes adopt similar laws. Once that threshold is reached, the electoral college is effectively abolished, without a constitutional amendment.

Rhode Island’s addition means that the National Popular Vote plan — first conceived of by Northwestern’s Robert Bennett and developed by Akhil and Vikram Amar at Yale and UC Davis, respectively — is halfway to its goal. As plan supporter Rick Hertzberg at the New Yorker explains, nine states plus the District of Columbia have now signed on, representing 136 electoral votes. That’s 50.4 percent of the votes needed for the plan to come into force and for the electoral college to be abolished.

via The electoral college is halfway to being abolished.

The 2012 electoral college map (Wikimedia)
The 2012 electoral college map (Wikimedia)
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  1. National Popular Vote does not abolish the Electoral College.

    The National Popular Vote bill would change current state winner-take-all laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who get the most popular votes in each separate state (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution,
    but since enacted by 48 states), to a system guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes for, and the Presidency to, the candidate getting the most popular votes in the entire United States.

    Under National Popular Vote, every vote, everywhere,
    would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the state counts and national count.

    When states with a combined total of at least 270 Electoral College votes enact the bill, the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC would get the needed majority of 270+ Electoral College votes from the enacting states. The bill would thus guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes.

    The bill has passed 32 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes.