Philadelphia Inquirer supports the National Popular Vote compact

Inquirer Editorial: Electoral College has outlived usefulness, if it had any. The editors say, “In the 21st century, the world’s most powerful nation is strong enough to trust the people, rather than some convoluted weighted voting by states, to choose the president.”

Ending the Electoral College doesn’t require the daunting task of passing a constitutional amendment. The Constitution leaves states free to decide how they pick electors. A serious national movement, led by National Popular Vote, has been getting states to sign a mutually-binding pledge to cast their electoral votes for the popular vote winner. The agreement, a legally enforceable compact among the states, would take effect only when signed by states representing a majority — 270 votes — in the Electoral College. Eleven states, representing 165 electoral votes, have signed on, including New Jersey.

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