The campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections has received an additional boost from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote Compact on Tuesday, under which the state would award its 29 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
The state’s electoral votes currently go to the winner of New York’s popular vote, the New York Daily News reports.
The campaign has come under fire from Republican political consultant Dick Morris, who charged in an exclusive Newsmax column that the compact is ripe for voter fraud and would guarantee that Democrats win the White House every four years.
In New York, the bill was approved last month by both houses of the state legislature. It gives the effort 165 votes, more than 60 percent of the 270 needed for the compact to take effect.
New York is the 10th state to join the effort. The District of Columbia, with three electoral votes, has also signed the agreement.
The other states are Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Rhode Island, and Washington.