Article is revised due to an original misinterpretation of the proposal.
Unlike former State Senator Ray Haynes who is a proponent of National Popular Vote, I disagree with the idea of this ‘reform’. I think there are other sensible ideas that would help encourage presidential candidates to visit particular areas in California for popular support such as having each congressional district award electoral votes and the overall winner of the state get the other two electoral votes.
At least by doing this by congressional votes, people will campaign in those areas helping to bring money in the California economy and Republicans will still be able to get some influence in the electoral college where they have not won California since the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988.
The reason why we have the electoral college is to make sure small states, big states and medium states have equal power in their vote.
However with the National Popular Vote, the states in the compact send their electoral votes to the candidate who receives the majority vote in the nation as long as a combination of states that have the majority in the electoral college. The popularity of the idea depends on what type of states enter this compact.
Although as a former paid member of Californians for Electoral Reform, I do hear stories about how NPV is good for California and our nation, but I think we should just utilize the existing Electoral College and do it like how Maine and Nebraska and provide our electoral votes by congressional district.
Even though California likes President Obama no matter what he does to our nation, what happens if the rest of the nation in the NPV compact wants to vote for the Republican, then we are going to get a lot of unhappy people. This is why I am proposing my alternative suggestion.