This month a bill to have Virginia join the National Popular Vote Compact was introduced in the House of Delegates by Delegates Marcus B. Simon, Kaye Kory, Mark H. Levine, Delores L. McQuinn, Kenneth R. Plum, Marcia S. “Cia” Price, Sam Rasoul, Luke E. Torian, Rosylyn C. Tyler, and Vivian Watts. The Senate patrons were George L. Barker, Adam P. Ebbin, Janet D. Howell, and Scott A Surovell.
Virginia’s Legislative Information System gives this summary of HB 1482 Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact:
Summary as Introduced:
Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. Enters Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Article II of the United States Constitution gives the states exclusive and plenary authority to decide the manner of awarding their electoral votes. 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. 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.
HB 1482 was referred to the House Committee on Privileges and Elections and then to the Subcommittee on elections. On January 24 the subcommittee vetoed against the bill, killing it for this session. So we will have to wait until next year to see another chance for this much-needed reform.
Three cheers for the sponsors of the bill. Be sure and support them and encourage more efforts next year.