On Saturday, the Connecticut State Senate voted 21–14 to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationally.
Currently, 11 other districts (10 states including: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia) have already signed on.
While both houses of Connecticut's state legislature have now approved the measure, it still needs the sign-off of Governor Dannel Malloy (D). Malloy has promised to sign the legislation, which would bring the compact to a total of 172 electoral votes. The agreement itself will go into effect once the total states committed and signed to the compact reaches at least 270 electoral votes.
The #CTSenate just adopted legislation opting #CT into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, under which states allocate electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes.— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) May 5, 2018
It next moves to the Governor's desk for his signature. https://t.co/HDRl0Yr7kY
Effort to overrule the Electoral College gains another state. Pending gov approval, CT will be become the 11th to support a compact to give 270 electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote— G. Elliott Morris📈🤷♂️ (@gelliottmorris) May 7, 2018
Law in MD, NJ, IL, HI, WA, MA, DC, CA, VT, RI & NYhttps://t.co/pCyW3Nz39e pic.twitter.com/yBj4TrD6zS
Many Twitter users support this move:
Thank you, Governor, for supporting this important compact to help bring about more fair and equal elections!— CT Democrat #RenewBrooklyn99 🍩🌊 (@PrezHillary17) May 7, 2018
YES! Yes! YES! Keep em coming! Please Dear God let every state do this! AMEN!— Donna Jones (@tRUMP4nthng) May 6, 2018
Others felt that electing the president according to popular vote was unfair to many states:
I fail to understand how allowing large population states like NY and CA dictate how our electoral votes are cast gives power to the CT voters. The electoral college was specifically adopted to protect the voting power of small states like CT.— Jeffrey Melaragno (@jeffmelaragno) May 6, 2018
Agreed WE ARE A REPUBLIC AND THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ALLOWS FOR FAIR REPRESENTATION OF ALL STATES IN THE REPUBLIC! AGAIN, MALLOY IS JOKE!— Symmetry PT (@Symmetry_PT) May 7, 2018
do the right thing: don't sign this. you give up any leverage CT has with candidates if you sign this and you are invalidating a system that works for populist reasons. shame on you.— James Gallacher (@sov33) May 7, 2018
Wow what a short sighted move! The current system regardless of how unfair, it still seeks to preserve the diversity of values our country represents. This gives up the voice of voters in your state to most populous and heavily biased states. #CTSenate #CT @GovMalloyOffice— brajesh kumar (@twit_ns) May 7, 2018
So those of us in the low populated states will no longer have voice in the election. It will be decided by NY& California. Even less demogratic than what we have now. You will be giving all your electoral votes to wining candidates.That dose not add up on the national level.— John Penn (@JohnPen42159544) May 7, 2018
The plan still has skeptics:
This won’t mean squat if some red states don’t pass similar laws. I won’t be holding my breath...— JustFreakingMad (@jmkofan) May 7, 2018
This will not work, you need to amend the constitution. Congress would have no choice but to seat the winner of the electoral college— The DanClements Show (@DanclementsShow) May 7, 2018
Modello just doesn't see it happening:
This is going nowhere. Republican states will make sure of that. Their plan is to keep winning the White House without winning the popular vote forever. It's their only way to keep the presidency since they will never be popular again, ever.— Modello (@GreatWordsmith) May 7, 2018