By PE Politics on August 8, 2011 1:09 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that pledged the state’s 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Eight other states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the popular vote compact, which now totals 132 electoral votes. The compact will only take effect if the total reaches 270, the minimum needed to elect a president.

The bill passed the Legislature on a party-line vote — the same day the legislation lost every Republican co-author.

The list included Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, who for months had been the measure’s top GOP supporter. In March, Nestande said the current system of choosing a president based on whoever wins the most electoral votes “cheats the voters” in states such as California, where presidential candidates rarely tread except to raise money.

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