Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:10

House votes in favor of using national popular vote

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AUGUSTA - Maine's House of Representatives voted in favor of moving Maine toward using the national popular vote to elect the president.


The bill would enter Maine into a compact made up of other states that have voted to elect the president by the most votes instead of using the Electoral College.


The compact would take effect when enough states join to contribute a majority of 270 electoral votes.


The bill originally tied in the house, but passed 77 to 69 after another vote was held Wednesday.


Those for the bill have said it would make voters feel their vote matters but opponents have said the current system of the Electoral College protects the opinions of those in states with small populations, like Maine.