Oregon Senate Passes Bill To Eliminate Its Participation In Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact currently has 189 electoral. If Oregon joins, it will have 196 votes.

Oregon will possibly be the next state to join a group of states pledging to devote the results of its electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in upcoming presidential elections if enough states join in, CNN reports.

The Oregon Senate recently passed a bill for Oregon to enter in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which over twelve states and the District of Columbia have already entered. The states will not change the allocations of their vote until they have a combined 270 electoral votes—enough to change a presidential election. The number currently stands at 189, and if Oregon joins, it will be at 196.

The bill passed the state Senate in a 17 to 12 vote and now heads to the House for deliberation. If it passes, Governor Kate Brown will either declare the bill into a law or veto it. Brown's office has reportedly said she is in favor of the bill, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

New Mexico joined the compact last week, while California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia were existing members.

The National Popular Vote, the organization urging states to join the compact, released a statement on Tuesday praising Oregon lawmakers. "This is the fully constitutional way to ensure that every voter is politically relevant in every presidential election while preserving the Electoral College as the founders intended," said John Koza, the group's chairman.

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