On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill.
The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college with 538 electoral votes and the winner take all system, some states continue to be uncompetitive in presidential election years. The National Popular Vote would eliminate the concept of “battleground states” and also prevent a 2000 presidential election situation where one candidate wins the popular vote and another the electoral college.
The compact will become effective when enough states that sign on reach 270 electoral votes. In addition to New York, the following states have joined the compact: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Rhode Island and Washington, as has the District of Columbia.
To learn more about how the National Popular Vote would work, watch this clip from Democracy Now!: