On May 31, the Illinois Senate passed HB 1685, the National Popular Vote Plan for presidential elections. The vote was 37-22. The bill had previously passed the Illinois House, but since the Senate amended it slightly, it must return to the House.
Some individuals say they are opposed to the National Popular Vote Plan because it subverts the intention of the Founding Fathers. Most historians believe that the Founding Fathers expected the electors to use their own judgment when they voted for president in the Electoral College. And even after the Electoral College had gone into operation, only a few states elected electors the way most states do today. For example, in 1792, the only states that elected their electors by popular vote at-large were Maryland, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. By contrast, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia elected their electors by congressional district. And Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont, all let the state legislatures choose the electors.