What is the National Popular Vote Compact?
The National Popular Vote Compact is agreement between states to award their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The agreement would take effect once there are enough states in the compact to reach a majority in the electoral college.
The National Popular Vote Compact would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has already been enacted into law by 15 states and DC with 196 electoral votes.
The compact has now reached a critical tipping point, and has set a goal of 270 by 2024. It needs an additional 74 electoral votes to go into effect. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would be a big jump toward that goal.
In 2020, the board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania agreed to endorse the National Popular Vote campaign here in Pennsylvania and to join in advocacy for bills to be introduced in the 2021 session.