Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has signed legislation that adds New York to the National Popular Vote compact, an agreement among the states which seeks to circumvent the Electoral College and elect a president by popular vote.
Under the law, New York’s 29 electoral votes are added to the 136 that have already committed to the interstate compact, which would take effect upon reaching 270 pledged votes, the amount needed to guarantee a majority in the Electoral College.
The legislation passed both houses of the legislature on March 25, after several years in which it had been passed by one house but not the other.
The New York bill contains a sunset provision: If the compact doesn’t take effect by 2018, New York is no longer bound by the legislation.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation’s presidential elections. By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation’s voters, we are ensuring the equality of votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states. I am particularly heartened to sign this legislation as it embodies both in process and substance the Empire State’s tradition as a national progressive leader.”