SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 870, a bill giving Oregon's electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.
Oregon is now the 15th state to make such a pledge as part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It's an agreement between states that usurps the Electoral College.
The law doesn't go into effect until enough states join to reach 270 electoral votes. That's the minimum amount needed for a candidate to win the presidency.
With Oregon's 7 electoral votes, the pact is now 74 electoral votes from it's objective. Maine is also considering joining the compact.
Brown says the bill can increase voter turnout and make Oregon "part of the national conversation around presidential elections."
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