The California Legislature passed legislation Thursday that if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown would significantly boost the growing national movement to elect the president of the United States by popular vote rather than electoral votes.
The legislation, approved Thursday by the state Senate without a single Republican vote, is on the way to the desk of Brown, who has 12 days to take action. The state Assembly passed the measure last month.
In both 2006 and 2008 the legislature passed the National Popular Vote bill only to see the measure vetoed both times by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So far Gov. Brown has yet to indicated whether he plans to sign the bill or veto it.
If Brown chooses to sign the bill it would be a huge step towards reforming our ridiculously outdated electoral college system.
The way the National Popular Vote movement works is that once states with 271 electoral colleges votes all sign on, they agree to than give all their electoral college votes collectively to whatever Presidential candidate received the most votes national wide. The result would be that American would finally become like almost every other Presidential democracy, where the candidate that the most citizens voted for wins.
Currently seven states plus the District of Columbia, with a total of 77 electoral college seats have passed the law. If Brown signs this bill in California it would bring the total to 132, nearly half way to the number needed.
If the country adopts the national popular votes “safe states” like California would finally start getting focus from Presidential campaigns who currently do all their campaigning in a handful of swings states.