Another state joins popular vote compact

Whitney Tipton, DCNF

Delaware became the 13th state Thursday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), a group of states whose objective is to elect the next U.S. president by popular vote.

Delaware Gov. John Carney signed the legislation, making Delaware the 14th jurisdiction — 13 states plus the District of Columbia — enacting similar legislation, The Associated Press reported. The bill faced heavy Republican opposition.

The NPVIC is an agreement between states to pool their electoral votes and voting results together into one aggregate pot. States that formally joined the compact represent 184 electoral votes. The compact could become official when that number hits 270, or enough votes to elect the president of the United States.

The NPVIC does not abolish the Electoral College, which requires amending the Constitution. Rather, by binding electors to vote for candidates achieving a plurality outside their own state, it achieves the results of a popular vote.

Colorado had previously been the latest state to join March 15, reported the AP.

The NPVIC has been pursuing its objective since shortly after then-Democratic candidate Al Gore’s loss to President George W. Bush in 2000, according to the AP. Legislation has also been introduced in NevadaOregon and Maine.

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