Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to add Vermont to the list of states that want to get around the Electoral College and participate in a national popular vote.
The measure puts Vermont on record agreeing to throw its Electoral College votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote in presidential elections.
Backers say that if enough states sign on to build that total to 270 – the number needed to win a presidential election – the country can change the way it holds national elections without amending the Constitution.
Opponents say it will reduce Vermont’s clout in presidential elections.
Shumlin signed the bill Friday.