Dirk VanderHart, OPB:
In a widely expected outcome, the House on Wednesday voted 37-22 to approve Senate Bill 870, legislation that allows the state to sign on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Once the bill is signed by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon will join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in pledging to send their electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote in presidential elections. That agreement wouldn’t kick in until enough states sign on to tally at least 270 electoral votes, the minimum needed to win the presidency.
With Oregon joining up, the compact will include 196 electoral votes, according to the national group pushing the bill.