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McConnell warns of popular vote 'catastrophic outcome'
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Source: msnbc.com

Addressing what he called the most important issue in America that nobody is talking about, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned Wednesday that the National Popular Vote movement is getting dangerously close to achieving their goal of eliminating the Electoral College without actually amending the Constitution -- without anybody even noticing, unfortunately, what theyre up to.

The National Popular Vote is a compact among state legislatures under which they pledge that theyll award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide, even if that candidate was not the majority choice of their states voters.

So far, California, seven other states, and the District of Columbia (all of which have large Democratic majorities) have passed legislation taking the National Popular Vote pledge. Those states and D.C. account for 132 electoral votes. The compact says it is to take effect when states with a total of at least 270 electoral votes have agreed to it.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution gives each state legislature the power to decide how its states presidential electors are selected. All but two states (Nebraska and Maine) use a winner-take-all system in which the person who gets the most popular votes in that state wins all of its electoral votes.

Read more: http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/07/92802...
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