Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 459, making it the 8th state to join that National Popular Vote compact. With his signature the effort to reform our absurd system for electing the president takes a huge step towards becoming reality.
The national popular vote compact is an arrangement between the states to indirectly eliminate the electoral college system and replace it with a system where the presidential candidate who receives the most votes wins the election. States who sign on agree to give their electoral college votes to whichever candidate receives the most votes nationally. The arrangement only goes into effect once a combination of states with 270 electoral college votes pass the necessary legislation, thus assuring the winner of the popular vote will have enough electoral college votes to win the presidency.
With the addition of California, the most populous state in the union, the total of national popular votes in the electoral college pledged to this plan increases to 132. Hopefully now that the National Popular Vote is half way to its goal, this move by California will create the momentum necessary to get other states to look seriously at adopting similar legislation.