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Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:05 AM

End around the electoral college [View all]

Presently, a 3/4 vote by the states is required to do away with the electoral college. Not gonna happen, right?

Well, as explained by Mo Rocca on L'OD tonight, there's an "end around" that would guarantee the candidate receiving the most popular votes wins the presidency.

Here's how it works. First, states have to enact the National Popular Vote Bill. Then, all of a state's electoral votes will be awarded to the winner of the popular vote. For instance, in 2000, Gore won the popular vote. As a result, states that had enacted the bill would award all of their electoral votes to Gore.

Here's how it differs. OH went for Bush in 2000. However, had OH enacted the bill, their electoral votes would have gone to Gore, winner of the popular vote.

As of now, 9 states representing 132 electoral votes -- that's 49% of the 270 needed -- have enacted the bill.

In 12 other states, the bill has passed either one (10) or both houses (2). These 21 states (that's 42% of 50) account for 243 electoral votes.

TX or FL alone would put it over the top. PA AND, say, CT would, as well.

As you can see, it *IS* possible that about 50% or so of the states can change the electoral process.

Sign the petition!
http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/


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