Posted by Claire Daviss on May 18, 2015Today the Oregon State House passed HB 3475 to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill passed by a vote of 37-21. Next the bill will go to the Senate for consideration as SB 680.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is designed to ensure that the presidential candidate that wins the most states in all fifty states and the District of Columbia wins the election. States that sign onto the interstate compact agree to give all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The compact only goes into effect when enough states have signed on such that they collectively hold 270 electoral votes, the number of votes necessary to win a presidential election.
If the Oregon State Senate passes the bill and if the governor signs it, Oregon will become the 12th jurisdiction to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Currently 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed the law. In total, the current signing states collectively hold 165 electoral votes. Oregon has seven electoral votes, which could bring the total number of signing states' electoral votes to 172. That is less than 100 electoral votes away from putting the compact into effect!
Today's results in the Oregon State House make that outcome all the more likely.