Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill that would give the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
Oregon has become the 15th state, as well as the District of Colombia, to promise their votes to the national popular vote winner. The compact between states would only go into effect if a total of 270 electoral votes are covered by those under the compact. Currently, with Oregon added, the compact has 196 votes.
“I think it will encourage candidates to spend more time in states like ours, candidates who are running for president speaking directly to our voters,” Brown said, “I think it will help encourage them to talk about issues that. …Orgeonians care more about. And I think it’s really important for Oregon to be part of the national conversation regarding the presidential election”