If this becomes law throughout the land (and not just a couple of states), the Electoral College will become functionally useless. Which would be great!
[Wednesday], the [Illinois] General Assembly passed HB 1685, the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act."
…the essence of it is that Illinois should cast all its electoral college votes for the presidential candidate who has won the national popular vote, whether or not that candidate actually carried the popular vote in Illinois.
But, notes Article IV, "This agreement shall take effect (only) when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have enacted this agreement," meaning that we're not unilaterally laying down our blue-state arms.
Only one state, Maryland, has so far signed such a bill into law, but it's in the legislative pipeline in 42 other states.
But will we then, finally, abolish the Electoral College or continue pretending it matters and going through the motions? It seems silly to have to work around a problem rather than just fix it. But that's not how the real world works, I guess.