Connecticut Passes Bill To Give Electoral Vote To Presidential Candidate Who Wins Popular Vote: Report
The Connecticut state House passed a bill on Thursday that will give its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote, but only if enough states agree to do the same.
According to the Hartford Courant, the bill is part of an interstate compact that will not go into effect until enough states join for the group to have 270 electoral votes, which is the amount needed for a presidential candidate to become the president-elect.
So far, ten states have joined the compact, making their electoral vote total 165.
Support for the compact grew dramatically after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election after losing the popular vote by more than 3 million votes.
According to the Courant, the Connecticut state House passed the bill on a 77-73 vote. Among the lawmakers who voted, two conservative Democrats voted against it, while only one Republican supported the measure.
Republicans argued that the bill unconstitutional because it changed the election process without approval from Congress.
“This is an act of political theater, artificial gimmick,” Rep. David Labriola (R) said. “This is something that is not necessary, is not constitutional.’’
Democrats rebutted by saying that the Electoral college wouldn’t be eliminated, but instead enhance the election process.
“We could make a profound change that would enhance confidence, participation, excitement of a presidential election in small and large states alike,” said Rep. Daniel Fox (D).