So far, 5 states have joined the compact: New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Washington, and Hawaii. Approval by Massachusetts would add 12 Electoral College votes giving National Popular Vote 73 (27%) of the 270 votes required for it to go into effect.
Some people say that National Popular Vote is not the way to make this change. We have a constitutional amendment process which allows us to change a system which empowers the Electoral College to one that provides for the direct election of the president by the people. Congress has tried to do that many times over the years. These efforts have come close, but never received the 2/3rds majority needed for passage in the US Senate.
Now we’ve got a way to achieve this democratic change that is both constitutional and realistic, and that is National Popular Vote. States have complete authority to determine how electors are selected. Massachusetts has changed the way it has appointed electors many times. Furthermore, state action typically preceded federal amendments when the franchise was expanded, to wit: women’s suffrage and the right to vote for US Senators.
So, get on the phone. Call your State Representative today and ask for support on getting this important legislation before the House …..Pronto!