SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House has voted to join a movement seeking to elect the president by the national popular vote.
The legislation would require Oregon to cast its seven electoral college ballots for the candidate who wins the national vote, rather than the one who gets the most votes in Oregon. Nine states with 132 electoral votes have enacted it, about half of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
Supporters say the workings of the electoral college mean presidential candidates ignore all but a handful of swing states.
Critics say Oregon shouldn’t interfere with decisions made by the constitution’s authors. The House’s 38-21 vote Thursday sends the measure to the Senate.