Focus at Four: The fight for national popular vote gains ground

AUSTIN, Tex. (KBTX) - There's a movement to use the electoral college to elect the President of the United States based on national popular vote instead of the current state-by-state system.

A group called National Popular Vote is leading that charge, asking states' legislatures to vote to join an interstate compact that would assign that state's electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

Right now, 11 states worth 165 electoral votes have joined the interstate compact. Like with presidential elections, the compact needs 270 electoral votes to go into effect.

At a panel at South by Southwest, Patrick Rosenstiel with National Popular Vote called this a bipartisan issue and the only "constitutional way" to make the change. Rosenstiel joined First News at Four from Austin to discuss his views and the mission further.

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