The Delaware House voted 24-17 last week to join a growing alliance of states that want to combine all their Electoral College votes and pledge them to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
If signed into law, Delaware would be added to a joint pact already containing 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to local news outlet WHYY.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would only take effect if enough states sign on to bring the total Electoral College votes to 270.
Currently, with the recent addition of Colorado, whose governor signed the bill Friday, the total is 181. Delaware has only 3 Electoral College votes.
State Rep. David Bentz (D), the bill’s sponsor, said he proposed the bill because Delaware is a forgotten state when it comes to the presidential election.
“We’re already overlooked,” Bentz said, according to WHYY. “Delaware is seen as this true blue state. And if you’re a Republican voter what is your motivation to vote? Because you know at the end of the day Delaware’s three electoral votes will go to that Democrat. If you’re a democrat maybe you’re not motivated either because you know you don’t have to.”
President Trump won the 2016 election with 304 electoral votes compared to 227 for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while she won the national popular vote by nearly 3 million more votes than Trump.
Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) has already signaled he would sign his state’s version of the legislation if it were to cross his desk.