On January 25, 2019, State Representative Ilana Rubel (D – Boise) introduced House Bill 47 (H0047), which would add Idaho to “an interstate compact” that would award its electoral votes to the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates that win the national popular vote, regardless of how Idaho votes.
If the bill were to pass, Idaho would join eleven other states and the District of Columbia that have passed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). The states that have joined the NPVIC thus far are Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut.
The electoral process would remain the same for the time being until “a sufficient number of states enter the compact to amount to a majority of electoral college votes,” at which time the bill would come into full effect.
The 172 electoral votes of the states already in the NPVIC means that only 98 more are needed to provide the required majority of 270. Idaho has four electoral votes.
Madison Liberty Institute’s recommendation: OPPOSE
Sponsor: Representative Ilana Rubel (D – Boise)
Co-Sponsors: Senators Maryanne Jordan, Grant Burgoyne; Representatives Chris Abernathy, Rob Mason, Brooke Green, Sally Toone, John McCrostie, Jake Ellis, Elaine Smith, Sue Chew.
Bill status: House Ways & Means Committee (01.28.2019)