Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Once states accounting for a majority of the electoral votes (or 270 of 538) have enacted the laws, the candidate winning the most votes nationally would be assured a majority of Electoral College votes. That would hold true no matter how the other states vote and how their electoral votes are distributed.State senate minority leader Richard Tisei says of the idea that it is "one of the worst ideas that has surfaced and actually garnered some support." Indeed it is. And physicist Alan Natapoff once actually proved (and Will Hively of Discover Magazine explained in layman's terms) that the electoral college is a valuable check against tyranny.
Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington have already approved the legislation, according to the National Popular Vote campaign's website.
Today: Shea Levy raises some interesting points I hadn't thought of in the comments.