As more states sign onto a national anti-Electoral College compact, Massachusetts moves closer to designating its electors based on the national popular vote — rather than the will of Bay State voters, as it has since the Constitution was ratified.
Massachusetts, 11 other states and the District of Columbia have signed onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, pledging to distribute their votes based on who wins the national popular vote once enough states have signed on to top the 270-elector majority needed to win the presidency. Under the Electoral College system, most states designate electors based on who wins the statewide popular vote, with a few states choosing electors proportionately.
Then-Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill passed in 2010 by the Legislature that entered Massachusetts’ 11 electoral votes into the agreement, which now includes states totaling 181 electoral votes after Colorado joined last week.
The signatory states so far reliably vote Democrat for president. Democratic candidates Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College. The National Popular Vote organization acknowledges it’s unlikely to reach its electoral-vote goal by the 2020 election. If the group does reach 270 electoral votes, legal challenges are almost certain.
This article provided by NewsEdge.