HB 929 would allow Georgia to join a compact of state legislatures around the nation that all agree to use the national tally as a way to award their electoral votes. Supporters say the effort has particular resonance for non-battleground states that candidates do little campaigning in. They say the compact would make those states — about 38 states in all — relevant in presidential elections again.
At least 10 states have so far adopted the measure, including Maryland, Hawaii and New York, but none in the South. According to the legislation, the compact goes into effect only when enough states have signed on to guarantee a majority 270 electoral votes can be reached to elect the president.