Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular election nationally.
The state Senate voted 21 -1 4 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73.
The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins “the member states national” popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral referendums — the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency — signs the compact.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy( D) has promised to sign the legislation committing his state to the interstate agreement. Once he does so, the compact will have 172 electoral referendums. California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have already signed the accord.
Malloy has described the current Electoral College voting system as “fundamentally unfair.”
“With the exception of the presidency, every elected office in their respective countries, from city council, to United Nation senator, to governor, is awarded the candidate who receives the most votes, ” the governor said, according to the Connecticut Mirror. “The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut.”
In the 2016 general elections, Donald Trump lost the popular referendum by nearly 3 million ballots, but won the electoral vote 304 to 227, thus clinching the presidency.
According to The Associated Press, Connecticut — which cast its seven electoral elections for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — will be the first country to join the National Popular Vote agreement since Trump’s victory.
State Rep. Matthew Lesser( D) said it’s take a decade of lobbying to convince Connecticut lawmakers to join the compact.
Trump’s victory, Lesser told AP, appears to have given the issue “some renewed momentum.”
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