Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. (HB99)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. Enters Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Article II of the United States Constitution gives the states exclusive and plenary authority to decide the manner of awarding their electoral votes. Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact. A state may withdraw from the compact; however, a withdrawal occurring within six months of the end of a President's term shall not become effective until a President or Vice President has qualified to serve the next term. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/13/2017Committee
12/13/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100281D
12/13/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB99)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

James McCarthy writes:

Critical legislation to ensure the national popular vote results determine the Presidency and further the process of democratic representation. The principle of one person, one vote is distorted by the present Electoral College structure.

Brad Swanson writes:

The electoral college as originally envisaged no longer exists. We do not allow electors to stand between voters and candidates and use their judgment to select the president. The very idea would seem ridiculous today. In fact, what we currently have IS a popular vote system, since electors are bound to act in accordance with the popular vote in their states. But it has a defect due to its history, since some voters in some states are allocated more electoral weight than others. It is time to eliminate this flawed vestige of an outmoded system and move to a nationwide popular vote.

Barbara Levine writes:

It is time to restructure our voting procedures. The electoral college system is no longer viable. National Popular Vote is desperately needed.

Mark Peterson writes:

The Electoral College is a safeguard against tyranny of the majority, as the last Presidential election has shown. It must remain. MDP 01/23/18

Jan Burch writes:

Abolishing the Electoral College allows the heavily populated areas to choose our elected officials, while completely disenfranchising the less populated areas. No presidential candidate would ever campaign in Wisconsin, Vermont, or other states with smaller populations. New York Texas and California would henceforth elect every president if the Electoral College were abandoned. Since I believe that every state deserves a voice in our electoral process, I strongly oppose HB99 and urge its' defeat.