Is it true that California is one of several states to have signed onto the "national popular vote" plan, meaning that its electoral college votes will go to the winner of the popular vote when enough states sign onto the plan?
This is true. California is one of eleven jurisdictions that has enacted legislation supporting the National Popular Vote compact. The compact is designed to get at least enough states to join so they have a combined power of 270 electoral votes, the minimum needed to elect the president. The plan says that the states would give all of their electoral votes to the candidate who obtained the most popular votes in the nation, rather than relying on just the popular vote of the individual state. Proponents of the plan argue it will make every vote count and reduce the "swing" state influence. Opponents argue it will reduce the influence of states on the national election and corrupt large population centers. One critical piece that both sides agree upon is the manner of enactment. The compact bears no actual legal authority and a state can refuse to abide at any time. It is essentially bypassing the amendment process by getting the minimum number of electoral votes to sign on to the plan.