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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 12:07 AM
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O'Malley Turns 105 Bills Into Law
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law yesterday a measure that would circumvent the Electoral College by awarding the state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide.

The bill, one of 105 signed by the Democratic governor the day after the General Assembly adjourned, makes Maryland the first in the nation to agree to let the national popular vote trump statewide preference. It would not take effect until states that cumulatively hold 270 electoral votes -- the number needed to win a presidential election -- agree to do the same.

Yesterday's bill-signing ceremony also offered the governor a chance to bask in the praises of the legislature's presiding officers, two powerful politicians not particularly fond of one another, despite a shared party label. O'Malley's first legislative session was at times an exercise in patience as he sought to navigate between House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).

But yesterday Busch thanked the new governor for the collegial tone he set during the 90-day session. Miller went further, suggesting that O'Malley's personality was responsible for the session's successes -- and offering a plug for a live compact disc recorded by O'Malley's Celtic rock band.
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 12:28 AM
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1. So what happens if Maryland is the deciding state....
What happens if the other 49 states are counted and nobody has 270?
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deadmessengers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 01:08 AM
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2. It goes to the winner of the popular vote.
THe electoral college is obsolete in this case - Maryland goes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the vote in Maryland.
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Ignacio Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 01:25 AM
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3. If such a scenario tips the election to the Repug, then some here will be pissed
Some, but not everyone. While I would be upset, I would support the decision to do so because the EC is outdated and antidemocratic. Did you know that we do NOT have the right to vote in Presidential Elections? Electors for states are chosen by whoever wins the popular vote of a given state ("winner take all," although Maine and Nebraska have a different system.) Under the Constitution, the states are allow to use any method they want in selecting electors, with the method of popular vote simply being one method of many. For the first few decades of the republic, in some states, the state legislatures simply nominated their preferred slate of electors and sent them off to D.C. to cast their votes. Sadly, this process means that Bush is legitimately President.
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-11-07 03:59 AM
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4. can someone explain the logic of this legislation?
i don't understand it. With a law like that, should Marylanders even bother to vote for a president?
i'm not a big fan of the EC after I saw what happened in 2000, but this law baffles me. I like OMalley, and voted for him, so I would like to think there's a good reason for this law ... can someone enlighten me, please?
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