Virginia House Passes Bill To Award Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Tuesday that will award the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote in an election.
This has been an argument for years. Why should the candidate with the least amount of votes be allowed to win an election?
According to The Hill, the measure, also known as House Bill 177, passed the legislative chamber in a 51-46 vote on Tuesday after clearing the body’s Privileges and Elections Committee in a vote last week.
The bill will have to pass the State Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, to be signed into law.
Virginia would subsequently be entered into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
“Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” a bill summary states. “The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact.”
“A state may withdraw from the compact; however, a withdrawal occurring within six months of the end of a President’s term shall not become effective until a President or Vice President has qualified to serve the next term,” the summary continues.
The compact will only take effect once the group reaches 74 more electoral votes. That means that a group of states possessing 74 electoral votes would need to join the agreement in order for the compact to take effect.
So far, only 15 states and Washington, D.C., have entered the compact, according to National Popular Vote, a nonprofit group tracking the status of states on the issue.
If this compact was in effect in 2016, Hillary Clinton would have won the election as she possessed 3 million more votes in general over Donald Trump.