There’s a wacky new law headed to Gov. Arnold’s desk which says: in a presidential election, all of California’s electoral votes to go to the winner of the popular vote nationwide.
Here’s how bizarre this law is: in 2004, Bush would have gotten California’s electoral votes — which he didn’t need, and which the state’s voters certainly didn’t intend.
In 2000, Gore would have gotten the electoral votes — but then, he got them anyway.
What a stupid law this would be. Tom Blumer first told me about it. He blogs it here. And Armed Liberal comes out against it here.
UPDATE: Numerous commenters clarify that the law would take effect only if all states passed a similar law.
UPDATE x2: Let’s try this again. According to Dafydd ab Hugh, who cites Fox News Channel, “the law only goes into effect if enough other states also vote for such laws that their combined electoral votes add up to 270 or more electoral votes.”
That’s what you get for blogging on vacation.