The vote to add Connecticut to the National Popular Vote Compact split the town’s delegation along party lines, with Republican representatives Laura Devlin, Ben McGorty and David Rutigliano voting against it. State Sen. Marilyn Moore, a Democrat, supported it and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tim Herbst vowed that if the bill had crossed his desk he would veto it.
Under the compact, which has been approved by the General Assembly, Connecticut would join 11 other states in allocating their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The compact would go into effect once enough states sign on to deliver 270 electoral votes, the number needed to win. Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to its number of U.S. representatives plus U.S. senators. The system is designed to give smaller states disproportionate weight in electing a president. Connecticut has seven electoral votes. The other 11 states combine to total 165 electoral votes, meaning the compact will be 98 electoral votes short of taking effect after Connecticut joins.