If the Connecticut legislature acts that would bring the total to 143.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is slowly but steadily advancing to its goal of 270 electoral votes. The movement  has officially gained the support of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov.  Nancy Wyman (D), where the issue is currently being debate in the legislature.

“I fully support a national popular vote for President. All Americans deserve to have their votes counted equally for the highest office in the country,” said Governor Malloy. “Connecticut should join the nine other states and the District of Columbia in taking this important step. The candidate who wins the most votes should be President. An equal vote for every American citizen, regardless of in which state they happen to live, is the fairest and most democratic way to go.”

The Constitution allows states to give their electoral votes based on whatever criteria they choose. To create a true national popular vote the NPVC campaign has been working to get states totalling 270 electoral votes to sign on to an interstate compact which would give their electoral votes to the popular vote winner. It can only kicks in once it has enough electoral votes to guarantee victory.

So far it has nine states plus DC with 136 electoral votes. If the Connecticut legislature acts that would bring the total to 143. As a solidly blue state Connecticut has been mostly ignored in all recent presidential election.

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