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article imageMaryland may become first state to change the Electoral College

By kurtrat     Apr 3, 2007 in Politics
Maryland is set to become the first state to approve giving its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote instead of to the candidate chosen by state voters.
Some states are considering this change in order to avoid what happened in the last election when the candidate, Al Gore, who won the national popular vote lost in the Electoral College.
The plan, passed Monday by the State House, will only take effect if states representing the majority of the nation's 538 electoral votes adopt the same change.
National Popular Vote, a group that supports this change to the Electoral College system, says that bills like the one in Maryland have been introduced in 22 states.
Ryan O'Donnell, a spokesman for the group, said that the Maryland bill "opens the door to a national popular vote for president, which is something that people have wanted for a long time."
I would like to see this change in our system. If we had adopted this change before the last presidential election, Bush would not be president now.
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