This is from the official website of the National Popular Vote: “Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and plenary (complete) power to allocate their electoral votes, and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).”
This seems a commendable and responsible bill. The electoral college as it stands is too much like gerrymandering for my taste. It too heavily favors the entrenched political duopoly the US currently suffers from. The electoral college fatally disadvantages viable, popular 3rd-party candidates (and essentially guarantees for perpetuity that Democrats and Republicans need not be concerned with any 3rd-party political competitors, regardless of how popular or good their policies are, ensuring that they need never take seriously good policies for the nation that also challenge the political status quo). And it gives too much power to swing states.
The electoral college basically makes it so that states who have really close elections effectively dismiss up to 49% of their voters and vote unanimously when there is nothing remotely resembling unanimity. Also, some electors are technically allowed to vote against the people’s wishes…Let’s put an end to this…
Plus, this bill is cleverly designed so that not all states legislators have to sign up. All the bill needs is the number of electors needed for a presidential candidate to win presidency. So this is very doable/politically possible!