By Bill Maher
We are very quietly halfway to getting rid of the Electoral College.
Last month, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill bringing his state into the National Popular Vote Compact, which means they'll give all their electoral votes to the popular vote winner in the presidential election. Rhode Island is the tenth jurisdiction to do so (after the ones in Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington state, Massachusetts, DC, Vermont, and California), making for a total of 136 electoral votes. The bill goes into effect once enough states to reach the winning 270 electoral votes sign on.
Isn't this a pretty big deal? In 2016, it would be nice if the candidates were forced to campaign in more than just a few swing states, and a Californian's vote mattered as much as a Floridian's.