New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate: New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Instead of pushing for a Constitutional amendment, which would have to be ratified in 38 states, advocates ask individual state legislatures to pass an agreement: that they’ll pledge all their presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote as soon as enough other states pass the law to ensure that the candidate who wins said vote would have the 270 electoral votes required to become president.
The best case for passing the law might be this map from the National Popular Vote group, which shows how many 2012 presidential campaign events were held in each state between the party conventions and the election:
This map effectively refutes the argument that the electoral college is necessary to prevent small states from being ignored during presidential elections; except for New Hampshire, they were ignored anyway. How can anyone argue that an electoral system which effectively causes presidential candidates to run like they want to be the Governor of Ohio is the best way to go?