It’s called the National Popular Vote Bill and it works through an interstate compact.http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/written-explanation
It doesn’t actually abolish the electoral college which is why it doesn’t need Congress. What it would do is guarantee that the states who have signed it will award all 0f their votes to the winner of the popular vote.
And it won’t take effect anywhere until enough states have signed it to have a total of 270 votes.
So, wonks among us, is there a downside that I’m missing here? Any way this could end up actually screwing things up?
Also, a bunch of states have actually signed it already (CA, NY, IL) but there are more who I could imagine getting on board. Connecticut? Minnesota?
What do you think, GT?