In Virginia, a bill was passed by the House of Delegates that would award its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
The Democrat-majority House passed the bill with a 51-46 vote.
If the bill is approved by the Senate then Virginia will become part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
The purpose of the bill is to ensure the presidential candidate who wins nationally with the most votes is elected president.
“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,” a bill summary states. Further:
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.
So far, 15 states, along with Washington D.C., have joined.
The idea gained momentum as an answer to President Donald Trump’s electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite her approximately three million popular vote lead.