A bill that would add New York to the multi-state compact for a national popular vote was approved on Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation’s presidential elections,” Governor Cuomo said. “By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation’s voters, we are ensuring the equality of votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states. I am particularly heartened to sign this legislation as it embodies both in process and substance the Empire State’s tradition as a national progressive leader. Today, in signing this legislation, I am pleased to add New York to the growing list of states who have joined together to make this reform a reality.”

The measure allows the state to exercise its right under the Constitution to award its electoral votes in the manner it deems appropriate. So New York’s 29 electoral votes would pledged to the winner of the national popular vote in all states, plus the District of Columbia, but would take effect once enough states have approved the same legislation (the compact would have to cover a majority of the Electoral College’s 538 votes).

With New York joining the popular vote compact, it now has 165 of the necessary 270 electoral votes, or 61 percent.

New York in presidential politics is largely ignored, save for fundraising by the major party candidates.