The state of Virginia has become the fifteenth to pass a bill that would award the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote, rather than the winner of the popular vote in that state. The District of Columbia has also passed similar legislation.
In reality, no change can be made in how electoral votes are awarded unless states that add up to a majority of Electoral College votes all pass legislation and join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
About 74 more electoral votes are needed to reach the majority.
Moving to a system where the national popular vote decides the winner of the presidential election would give unfair power to urban populations in choosing presidents. The Electoral College makes sure that rural states with lower populations don’t get overshadowed by urban states and is more fair for the country as a whole.
The push toward popular vote occurred after the 2016 election, when Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote even though Hillary Clinton got 3 million more popular votes.
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