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Matt Singer on August 23, 2006 - 12:35pm
California's State Senate has approved a plan for the union's largest state to join an interstate compact that would effectively end the electoral college and allow the victor of the popular vote to become the President. The plan is simple, members of the compact award their electors not to the candidate who won their own state, but to the candidate who won the national vote. The compact only goes into effect once enough states have signed on to constitute an electoral majority. The endorsement by California's senate follows earlier passage of a similar bill by the assembly, meaning the bill is moving closer to the Governor's desk. NationalPopularVote.com is tracking the progress of the issue in statehouses across the country. The idea is gaining great bipartisan support.