The Electoral College Is Now Half-Dead


Despite overwhelming support among voters and legislators alike, New York failed this spring to sign on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between perennially ignored states to essentially kill the Electoral College by awarding their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationwide. But the NPV movement just won an even bigger cache of electoral votes: California’s. With the signature of Governor Jerry Brown today, the most populous state in the union delivered its 55 electoral votes to the compact, which now boasts a total of 132 votes. When it reaches 270, the compact takes effect, and the Electoral College as we know it will cease to exist. Swing states like Ohio and Florida should try to savor the 2012 campaign. They may never get that level of attention again.

Jerry Brown signs popular vote bill [Capitol Alert]

Related: Will New York Help Kill the Electoral College?