Connecticut Popular Vote Bill Moves to Senate

By Kenneth White

Legislators in the Connecticut House of Representatives voted Thursday to join an interstate compact that would ensure the state’s electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, provided enough other states join the agreement. The vote was along party lines and narrowly passed with 77 in favor to 73 not in favor.

The bill now moves on to an evenly divided Senate. If the measure is signed into law, Connecticut would become the 11th state to join the interstate compact. The compact would not take effect until enough states join and cumulatively possess 270 electoral college votes, a majority of the total.

Before this vote the ten states and the District of Columbia had 165 electoral votes, which is 30.7% of the total Electoral College and 61.1% of the votes needed to give the compact legal force.

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