Both the Massachusetts House and Senate have approved the National Popular Vote Bill, which would give the presidential candidate with the most overall votes nationally the state’s 12 electoral votes.
According to the Boston Globe:
Final enactment votes are needed in both chambers, however, before the bill goes to the governor’s desk, the Globe reported last week.
Governor Deval Patrick’s press office didn’t immediately return a message this morning seeking comment on whether he would sign the bill, if it makes its way to his desk.
Critics say the current system is not broken. They also point to the disturbing scenario that Candidate X wins nationally, but Candidate Y has won in Massachusetts. In that case, all of the state’s 12 electoral votes would go to Candidate X, the candidate who was not supported by Massachusetts voters.
On one hand, I would welcome the switch to a straight national vote: the most votes wins, period. Simple and pure.
But I think to do so, the electoral college must be abolished everywhere. Otherwise, like in the above example, Massachusetts votes would be rendered meaningless, as our electoral votes would go to the winner of the national vote (and realistically, MA has little chance of swinging the national vote one way or the other).
So, unless and until this legislation is passed in every state (at which point it would be easier to just abolish the electoral college), I do not see much benefit in enacting it here in MA.