Electoral College on the Road to IrrelevanceApril 17th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
That headline might ultimately be dead wrong, but it is the intent of the Legislature. Perhaps the current method of electing presidents will survive this movement.
On Wednesday the state House of Representatives voted 52-42 to have Washington join a compact with other states on a measure that would essentially make the electoral college nothing more than a symbol. The Senate approved the bill 28-21 in March. I was going to write that the “yea” votes have come mostly from Democrats. But then I wondered if they all came from Democrats. I’m moving on to other things. Anyone else here is invited to check to see if any Republicans in either chamber voted for this.
On three occasions the popular vote winner of the presidential election ended up losing the electoral college vote. The move approved this week would become effective once enough states representing 270 electoral votes, the number of electoral college votes needed to win a presidential election, also join the pact.
With Washington joining Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii, that’s 61 electoral votes so far. Other states have at least considered the move, as Washington did in Legislatures past.
Brad Shannon at the Olympian writes that the governor is expected to sign the bill.
Here’s how your electeds voted:
23 Rep. Sherry Appleton, (D-Poulsbo) Y
23 Rep. Christine Rolfes, (D-Bainbridge Island) Y
23 Sen. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) Y
26 Rep. Jan Angel, (R) N
26 Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
26 Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) Y
35 Rep. Fred Finn, (D) Y
35 Rep. Kathy Haigh, (D-Shelton) Y
35 Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch) N