Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. (SB399)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)

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 Constitution of the United States 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 »

Status

01/07/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100763D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB399)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB177.

Comments

Mike writes:

Our nation is a republic, and not a pure democracy for a reason. Tyranny of the majority is a real thing. The electoral college, and the ability to overrule oppressive majorities, is an important safety mechanism. This bill is an abomination.

Bill P writes:

and be forever ruled by California and New York.................

Bill P writes:

and be forever ruled by California and New York

Edwin A Friend III writes:

If this bill is passed, what purpose is there in even voting if you know the major cities are the ones who will make decisions, regardless of my input? This is a travesty against freedom and ones right to have a voice in ones government. The United States will no longer be united, for those outside the cities will be ostracized

Steve C writes:

So our votes as Virginians will be valueless, as our electors will vote for the candidate someone else voted for.
Disgusting!

Jack R writes:

This is the United States of America. We are a Republic. The Electoral College was implemented for a good reason. Why does a "public servant" propose a bill like this? Does he not like the system our founding fathers put in place? This bill is a disgrace and Sen. Adam Ebbin is a disgrace for proposing it.

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