And then there were 13.
Delaware is becoming the 13th state to sign a so-called “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” – which is a pledge that all its electoral votes will go to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of how a majority of voters within their states vote.
As of now, Delaware and every one of the other states signing this pledge – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington -is solidly Democrat. Combined, they comprise 184 of the 270 votes needed to win a presidential election.
Does it matter to these states that the pledge disenfranchises their voters – i.e. if the state happens to vote differently than the rest of the country, the decision of a majority of its voters will be null and void? Obviously it does not.
The pledge, it should be noted, is not currently binding. It would only be put in force if additional states signed on and, together, they comprised a majority of electoral votes.
If that were to happen, how would it affect the way Republicans and Democrats campaign?
Specifically, would it mean that both parties would concentrate almost entirely on the largest-population states and ignore the others…which, it should be remembered, comprise a majority of the states in the country?
It’s hard to see any other result. And it’s hard to see how that benefits the country.
I’ll try to keep you apprised of whether other states sign onto this end-around of the electoral college system – i.e. of the constitution.
I hope there are no others, that it ends right here. But I doubt that it will.